By The Numbers

  • 70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2017. 

  • US drug overdose deaths surge amid fentanyl scourge

  • US drug overdose deaths surged to nearly 72,000 last year

  • The CDC showed overdose deaths jumped nearly 7% to a record 71,568, far more than traffic accident deaths, gun-related deaths or suicide. (Medical Express)

  • Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. (

  • Fentanyl use drove drug overdose deaths to a record high in 2017, CDC estimates (Washington Post)