States with the highest increases in drug deaths include Nebraska (33 percent), North Carolina (23 percent), New Jersey (21 percent), in (15 percent), Arkansas (11 percent), ME (11 percent), West Virginia (11 percent), SC (10 percent) and Tennessee (10 percent). Because it's cheap and relatively easy to make, it's often mixed with other drugs like heroin and cocaine.
In addition to the three New England states, overdose deaths fell in Wyoming (minus 33 percent), Utah (minus 12 percent), Oklahoma (minus 9 percent), Montana (minus 8 percent), South Dakota (minus 8 percent), Hawaii (minus 5 percent), Kansas (minus 2 percent), MS (minus 2 percent), New Mexico (minus 2 percent) and North Dakota (minus 1 percent).
Overall in the United States, fatal drug overdoses increased by 6.6 percent from 2016 to 2017.
CDC data show more than 140 Americans die each day from drug overdoses - 91, or 65 percent, from opioids. Nebraska reported an increase of over 33 percent. A year ago the Trump administration declared the epidemic a "public health emergency" but allocated no new funding for states to address the issue.
Overdose prevention sites are approved by the province and are temporary facilities set up to address an immediate need in a community, while safe injection sites are more permanent locations approved by the federal government after a more extensive application process. Food and Drug Administration issued a new warning to heath providers that more opioid addicts appear to be trying to obtain prescription narcotics in a new way - with their pets.
"We recognize that opioids and other pain medications have a legitimate and important role in treating pain in animals - just as they do for people".
Fentanyl and analogs, like carfentanil - 100 times more powerful than fentanyl - are increasingly showing up in death notices around the country. Patrick Kennedy, a member of the task force the administration convened to tackle the epidemic, criticized Trump for being "all talk and no follow-through" on opioids late past year. "Veterinarians are also required to be licensed by the Drug Enforcement Agency to prescribe opioids to animal patients, as are all health care providers when prescribing for use in humans".