Opioid-Related Deaths May be Undercounted: Study

Opioid-Related Deaths May be Undercounted: Study

There may have been almost 100,000 more opioid-related overdoses between 1999 and 2016 than reported due to incomplete death records, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Rochester found that 71.8% of unclassified drug overdoses during that period involved opioids, translating into 99,160 additional opioid-related deaths—28% more than reported.

The undercount was greatest in several states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Indiana, The Washington Post reports.

Full article at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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