New research by the CDC suggests the total number of deaths from opioid abuse might be underestimated. Latest figures show that 91 people die from opioid overdose every day. In a report presented yesterday, researchers said autopsy reports on people who are prescribed opioids for pain sometimes note only the immediate cause of death but don't mention opioid use.
Minnesota was noted in the study, with over half of the deaths involving opioids in that state not being reported properly. In most cases, an infection masks the addiction.
The research also showed the victims are from all walks of life ranging in age from 18 to 82.