Friday, August 12, 2016

The Burden of Premature Opioid-Related Mortality

Key findings demonstrate:

  •  The overall rate of opioid-related mortality increased by 242% between 1991 and 2010 
  • The annual YLL due to premature opioid related death increased 3-fold 
  • The proportion of deaths attributable to opioids increased significantly over time among all ages 
  • By 2010, nearly 1 of every 8 deaths among individuals aged 25 to 34 years was opioid-related 
  • The majority of opioid-related deaths occurred in men, involved a single opioid, and were deemed as accidental. 
  • The opioids most commonly involved in opioid-related deaths were morphine and or heroin (or the two combined), followed by oxycodone, methadone and codeine. Oxycodone was the opioid most commonly involved in overdose deaths involving a single opioid 
  • For overdose deaths where multiple opioids were involved, the most commonly involved opioids were codeine, morphine or heroin (or both)

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