Side Effects of Prescription Medications
Both charts obtained directly from the National Institute on Drug Abuse website: https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates
National Overdose Deaths—Number of Deaths Involving Opioid Drugs. The figure above is a bar chart showing the total number of U.S. overdose deaths involving opioid drugs from 2002 to 2015. Included in this number are opioid analgesics, along with heroin and illicit synthetic opioids. The chart is overlayed by a line graph showing the number of deaths of females and males. From 2002 to 2015 there was a 2.8-fold increase in the total number of deaths.