Health officials are struggling to keep up with the number of opioid overdoses in the United States.
A national epidemic of overdose deaths, including those among young people, has made the issue of opioid overdose a national concern.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number has jumped to 1.1 million in the first five months of 2018.
That’s the highest in a decade and nearly a quarter of all deaths reported so far in 2018 were attributed to opioids.
The increase is in part a result of a national shortage of opioids.
The CDC says there are about 8.5 million prescription opioids in the U.K. alone.
Some are used by millions of people in the developing world.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says the global supply of opioids is running out.
The agency has called on countries around the world to make available opioids to treat chronic pain and other health issues.
The CDC says the nation is experiencing the most rapid increase in opioid overdose deaths in a generation.
The country has the most opioid-related deaths in the world, accounting for roughly 12% of the world’s population.
The new U.W.C. study, published in the medical journal PLOS ONE, shows that more than half of the people who died of an opioid overdose between January 1 and June 30 were between the ages of 15 and 34.
The age of death increased from 3.6% in January to 4.4% in June.
The researchers also looked at how the number had changed over time.
Between January 1, 2014, and June 1, 2018, the number rose from 6,974 to 12,638.
But from July 1, 2016 to June 1.
2018, it declined by nearly two-thirds, from 1,907 to 2,066.
By contrast, the rate of opioid-involved deaths rose from about 2,400 to 3,300 from December 2014 to March 2017.
That rate rose by about one-third over that time period.
The study found that the percentage of opioid deaths that were the result of overdose has risen steadily since then, and it’s now more than three times the national average.
In the first two months of 2017, for example, about 1,000 people died from overdoses.
By June, that number had more than doubled.