US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency

2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary| October 1, 2015 |

​The DEA has released the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary Report.  


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46,471: Drug Overdoses Killed More Americans Than Car Crashes or Guns By Susan Jones | November 5, 2015 | 7:52 AM EST
More than half of the 46,471 drug-related deaths in 2013 were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin, the DEA says. (AP File Photo)

( - "Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of motor vehicle deaths and firearms (deaths)," the Drug Enforcement Agency announced on Wednesday.

In 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, 46,471 people in the United States died from drug overdoses, and more than half of those deaths were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin.

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Illicit drug positivity rate increases sharply in workplace
“American workers are increasingly testing positive for workforce drug use across almost all workforce categories and drug test specimen types. In the past, we have noted increases in prescription drug positivity rates, but now it seems illicit drug use may be on the rise, according to our data,” reports Dr. Barry Sample, Director, Science and Technology at Quest Diagnostics. The positivity rate in the general U.S. workforce increased overall by 9.3 percent, to 4.7 percent in 2014 compared to 4.3 percent in 2013. Last year was the first year since 2003 in which the overall positivity rate increased in the general U.S. workforce.