Preliminary data for 2017, from the CDC, shows about 72,000 deaths from drug overdoses nationwide, up more than 6 percent from the year before. As you can see from the graph above, synthetic opioids (mainly Fentanyl) are the main culprit. What struck me about this graph was the big rise in deaths from cocaine and methamphetamine ("psychostimulants"). I thought that was old news, but according to this graph more than 20,000 Americans died from those drugs last year.
We have so many ways to poison ourselves.