The number of drug overdose deaths reached a new peak in 2014: 47,055 people, or the equivalent of about 125 Americans every day, similar to the
H.I.V. epidemic at its peak. Most are young, white and poorly educated.
The death rate from drug overdoses is climbing at a much faster pace than other causes of death, jumping to an average of 15 per 100,000 in 2014 from nine per 100,000 in 2003.