The United States — already seeing an alarming wave of deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicides — could be on the verge of a sharp increase in that carnage, a new analysis warns.
The report projects that fatalities related to drugs, booze and suicide, if recent trends hold, could spike to 1.6 million over the next decade. That would represent a 60 percent increase from the number seen in the previous 10 years.
The analysis found that if the U.S. continues along the trend indicated by most recent federal data about drug overdoses, the rate of deaths from substance abuse and suicides could double over a 10-year span to 2 million by 2025.
The report, with projections based on data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, noted the rapid increase recently in the use of heroin, as well as other opioids fentanyl and carfentanil.