The monthly CDC numbers suggest that deaths might have begun leveling off by the end of the year.
Geographically the deaths are distributed similarly to how they've been in prior years, with parts of Appalachia and New England showing the highest mortality rates. The number of deaths from cocaine mixed with opioid synthetics increased from just under 1,000 in 2014 to 4,184 in 2016.
"Veterinarians should also follow professional standards set by the American Veterinary Medical Association in prescribing these products to ensure those who are working with these powerful medications understand the risks and their role in combating this epidemic", he continued. Once again the highest rates were seen in West Virginia, with 58.7 overdose deaths for every 100,000 residents. Trump has also set up a presidential council to address the problem.More news: Who is Omarosa? And why is she causing such a stir?
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the state's Department of Public Health delivered 50 doses of naloxone, an overdose reversing drug, to the emergency personnel responding to the crisis.
Last year, 64,000 died of drug overdoses, with 42,000 deaths related to opioids - including prescription pain pills, heroin and fentanyl.
States in the Great Plains had among the lowest death rates.
The CDC's data also showed that the overdose rate decreased in a number of states, including Vermont and MA, where overdose rates were among the highest in the nation.More news: Colorado family struggled with debt before husband's arrest
In New Haven, police arrested two suspects they believe were selling and handing out the drugs.
That represents a rise of 6.6 percent nationwide from 2016 and a death toll higher than any other cause of non-disease death in the US, including HIV, homicides, or auto crashes.
"There's a lot of money going into the system, and it takes some time for this to translate into new infrastructure", said Chris Jones, the director of the national mental health and substance use policy laboratory. Numerous measures, which have passed the House but have not reached the Senate floor, are focused on reducing medical prescriptions of opioids, and are meant to reduce the number of new drug users. One worrying sign: Jones said there is some early evidence that drug distributors are finding ways to mix fentanyl with black tar heroin, which could increase death rates in the West.More news: Keys to an India fightback in England test series