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Health Agencies Update
February 28, 2007

Methadone Deaths Rise

JAMA. 2007;297(8):799. doi:10.1001/jama.297.8.799-b

Methadone-related poisoning deaths are increasing far faster than deaths from other types of poisoning. The annual number of deaths related to methadone poisoning rose 390% between 1999 and 2004, from 786 to 3849. During the same period, the number of all poisoning deaths rose 54% to 30 308.

The trend has continued, with a 6% overall increase in poisoning deaths and a 29% increase in methadone-related deaths between 2003 and 2004 (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/methadone1999-04/methadone1999-04.htm).

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