The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reports that deaths from drug overdoses continue to increase, from 16.7 per 100,000 in the third quarter of 2015 to 19.9 in the third quarter of 2016. Roughly 60 percent of these deaths are from opioids (mostly fentanyl and heroin).
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which contains the NCHS, estimates a total of 52,404 fatal overdoses in 2015. Data obtained from state agencies by the New York Times indicates there will be over 59,000 overdose deaths reported for 2016.
The death rate from overdoses had already increased from 12.3 per 100,000 in 2010 to 16.3 per 100,000 in 2015. The Washington Post reported on a study from a University of Virginia professor, suggesting that death rates for 2014 may be 24 percent greater than reported totals, indicating a far worse opioid problem than presented by the CDC data.