Synthetic drugs are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States, with more than 30 million people taking them.
But according to a new study, synthetic drugs are more dangerous than they are commonly known.
The study found that the risk of death from synthetic drug overdose in the US is three times higher than the risk from other prescription drugs.
Synthetic drug overdoses kill more people in the U.S. than alcohol, heroin, prescription painkillers, and tobacco combined, according to the study, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health.
That is a huge difference from other countries that use the term “drug overdose.”
The report looked at drug deaths that took place in the continental United States and the states surrounding the US in 2017.
It found that synthetic drugs were the most dangerous drugs in terms of death rates, accounting for 17.9% of all drug-related deaths in the nation.
Synthetics are among a small group of drugs that are used for medical purposes, such as to treat asthma and allergies, but that also pose risks.
There are several ways to use synthetic drugs, but researchers found that they’re more dangerous when used in combination with opioids, such a fentanyl or heroin.
The researchers also found that some drugs like cocaine and fentanyl are more deadly than other drugs, especially when combined with other opioids.
“Drug overdoses are becoming more and more common as we see more and other drugs such as alcohol and tobacco becoming more popular,” said Dr. Michael Hahn, an associate professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Science.
“We can no longer assume that there is not a higher death rate from these drugs than from any other drugs,” Hahn said.
While most people take opioids to treat severe pain and/or to control the pain associated with cancer, there are also many people who use drugs for recreational purposes.
Many people don’t think of them as dangerous when they take a drug that may help relieve pain, according Hahn.
“The fact that synthetic opioids are so dangerous when combined is just one of the reasons why they are not widely available,” he said.
The risks associated with prescription drugs were also studied.
There was a significant increase in drug-specific deaths when prescription drugs with the most common chemical were prescribed, the report said.
“Synthetic drug overdose mortality has increased by a factor of eight since 2004, when the majority of synthetic opioid-related fatalities were recorded,” the report found.
“This increase has continued to the present day, and in 2017, drug-associated deaths increased by an additional factor of 10, or approximately 20% over the past five years.”
Synthetic opioids are being used more widely in the states of California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, according the study.
The report was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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