Drug overdose deaths hit record in 2014


More than 47,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2014, the deadliest year on record, according to federal data.

More than 60 percent of the overdoses, a 6 percent increase from 2013, were from painkillers or heroin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The government found that more people died from drug overdoses in the U.S. last year than any previous year on record. CDC added that from 2000 to 2014, nearly half a million Americans died from overdoses.

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