According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released its latest report on Friday, the most recent tragic increase follows a pattern that's been ongoing since 1999.
The surge was already well-documented in Pennsylvania, where coroners across the state reported more than 3,500 overdose deaths in 2015, up 30 percent from the year before.
Overdoses deaths from cocaine also fell, albeit slightly, the study said.
Authors of the study note in 2010 only eight percent of all fatal drug overdoses stemmed from heroin.
Some states had 2015 overdose death rates that were well above the national average of 16.3 per 100,000.
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Those were the racial groups highlighted in the report. While all age groups saw increases in death, the 55-to-64 group saw the biggest increase, with a five-fold jump since 1999.
Stay updated on this and other stories by downloading the FREE 11Alive News app now in the iTunes store or on Google Play. While the number of deaths by unintentional drug overdose has increased tenfold since 1980 and "surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of injury mortality in many states", researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health predict that they will peak at 50,000 annual deaths in 2017 before declining to "a non-epidemic state" of approximately 6,000 deaths in 2035.
The center's research was based on death certificate data and did not examine the underlying causes. But previous studies have found that the recent increase in drug overdose deaths has occurred alongside an increase in prescriptions for opioid pain relievers.
Four states - West Virginia, New Hampshire, Kentucky and OH - lead the nation with the highest overdose death rates, the CDC said. Since 2010, the share of overdose deaths from natural and semisynthetic opioids dropped from 29 percent to 24 percent.
In 2015, the rate for whites was almost three times higher than that among Hispanics and almost double the rate for blacks, USA Today said.
"It's that it's not just heroin anymore between the fentanyl [and] of the synthetic variants including carfentanil" an elephant tranquilizer, said Slovis.
"You are 40 times more likely to use heroin if you stated with opioid painkillers", Hamburg said.
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