Opioid Summaries by State. The National Institute of Drug Abuse has developed a very interesting chart showing the frequency of opioid-Involved overdose deaths. The chart doesn’t lead to any direct conclusions, but it certainly alerts to the frequency of opioid related deaths on a geographic basis.
Center For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
According to the Center For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), in 2017 there were 70,237 Drug Overdose Deaths! The Opioids account for 46,700 of the 70,237 Drug Overdose Deaths. The U.S. States with the highest Drug Overdoses are as follows:
- West Virginia
- District of Columbia
Opioid Summaries by State. The age range most at risk is the younger adults ages 18 to 25. The younger teens age 12 to 17 heroin usage is declining. Stopping this Opioid Overdose Death problem isn’t going to be occurring anytime soon. Collectively all venues of Education, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Treatment Centers and Social Services need to be involved in mass effort educating the younger generations of Children.
How Does Heroin and Fentanyl Get Here
Opioid Summaries by State. An October 3, 2019 Philadelphia Inquirer News article states that the City of Philadelphia Pennsylvania has the most Opioid related deaths of any other Major U.S. City. That 300 people are killed every week by Heroin Overdoses. It is stated that 90% of the Heroin is smuggled across legal crossing points of the U.S. Mexico Border. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), some shipments of Heroin does enter over the border across illegal crossing points. The bulk of the Heroin is smuggled in secret compartments in cars and inside tractor trailer across the legal crossing points of the U.S. Mexico Border. The I-95 Highway Corridor is a thoroughfare for drug shipments. Fentanyl is shipped in packages from China directly into the U.S. and indirectly from China to Canada into the United States. The Fentanyl can be ordered from the Dark Web and it also can be made in Mexico with chemicals from China.