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[Editorial] US drug overdose deaths: a global challenge

On Jan 19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new country-level estimates showing unprecedented rates of drug overdose deaths, with 47 055 deaths in the USA in 2014. Since 2000, the age-adjusted drug overdose death rate has more than doubled, from 6·2 per 100 000 population in 2000 to 14·7 per 100 000 in 2014.