Feds say Heroin, Fentanyl Remain Biggest Drug Threat to US

This Aug. 29, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York. Photo: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
This Aug. 29, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York.

November 02, 2018 07:13 AM

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says opioid overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year.

A DEA report obtained by The Associated Press shows heroin, fentanyl and other opioids continue to be the highest drug threat in the nation. The National Drug Threat Assessment will be released publicly Friday.

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U.S. health secretary Alex Azar said earlier this month that overdose deaths have now begun to level off. But he cautioned it is too soon to declare victory.

RELATED: US Health Chief Says Overdose Deaths Beginning to Level Off

Preliminary figures show about 72,000 people died in 2017 from opioid-related overdoses across the United States.

The report says federal officials are concerned that methamphetamine and cocaine are being seen at much higher levels in areas that haven't historically been hotspots for those drugs.

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