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Mortality Rates From Synthetic Opioids

Mortality Rates from Synthetic Opioids

Rate reflects deaths per 100,000 people in 2016

The opioid epidemic is most deadly and growing issue in the United States, according to Journal of the American Medical Association. The crisis has reached such a scale that, beyond the risks it poses to public health, it is becoming a drag on the economy and a threat to national security. Forecasters say the problem started with the over prescription of legal pain medications, such as oxycodone, but in recent years with an influx of cheap heroin and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, supplied by foreign-based drug cartels.

It’s important to recognizing how the opioid epidemic presents in each state — which drugs are being used and whether or not the problem is getting worse — is critical to getting the policy response right. Synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, are far and away the leading contributor to the rising death toll. The places hit hardest by synthetics are not necessarily the same ones hit hardest by prescription opioids in the first wave of the epidemic.

Codeine and morphine are examples of naturally-occurring opiates which provide pain relief and depress the central nervous system in the human body. Semi-synthetic opiates are derived from compounds found in the poppy plant which include hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone and oxymorphone. The term ’opioid’ refers to drugs that are chemically synthesized to mimic the physical effects of pain relief seen with opiates.

Conducting randoms and pre-employments will help detect if the employee or candidate is abusing opioids. Contact Noble Diagnostics today to have a drug testing program in place.

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