Fatal drug overdoses have spiked among white, middle-aged men

America appears to be losing its battle against drug addiction.

The rate of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2015, adjusted for age, was more than 2.5 times the rate in 1999, according to data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, due to a fall in the price of heroin and accessibility to prescription drugs, The rate of drug overdose deaths increased from 6.1 per 100,000 people in 1999 to 16.3 per 100,000 in 2015, an average rise of 5.5% a year, the government agency concluded. The rate rose by 10% a year from 1999 to 2006, 3% from 2006 to 2013, and 9% from 2013 to 2015.

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