report for NYT. During 2014 a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths—of about 125 people every day—occurred, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug overdose death rates have increased from nine deaths per every 100,000 people in 2003 to 15 deaths per every 100,000 people in 2014.
"The trend is now similar to that of the human immunodeficiency virus, or H.I.V., epidemic in the late 1980s and early 1990s, said Robert Anderson, the CDC’s chief of mortality statistics," Park and Bloch write. "Some of the largest concentrations of overdose deaths were in Appalachia and the Southwest, according to county-level estimates released by CDC.