Heroin overdose deaths spike nationwide
The number of people dying from heroin overdoses has nearly quadrupled tripled since 2010, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
The report, released Friday by the Centers of Disease Control, show that one in four drug overdoses in 2015 was related to heroin.
In 1999, just 6 percent of all overdoses were related to the drug.
Breaking down the statistics
In 2015, more than 52,000 people died from drug overdoses.
Overdose deaths involving fentanyl and tramadol also increased, according to data from 2015, which is the latest year available.
Deaths increased in all age groups, with adults aged 45 to 54 having the highest drug overdose death rate.
Deaths also increased across all races and ethnicities.
Where are overdoses happening most?
According to the report, the four states with the highest drug overdose rates in 2015 were West Virginia, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Ohio.
Dr. Holly Hedegaard of the National Center for Health Statistics, who co-authored the study, also noted that this was the first time the number of overdose deaths in the United States exceeded 50,000.
A new record
In 2010, there were 38,329 overdose-related deaths, and by 2015, that number had climbed to 52,404. By comparison, in 2015, there were 36,252 total firearm-related deaths across the country.