Alcohol, opioids most common causes of substance use-related heart disease deaths

Substance use-related CVD deaths increased at an average of 4% per year from 1999 to 2019, with alcohol and opioids the most common contributors, despite an overall reduction in CVD mortality in the U.S. during the same period, data show.
In a large database analysis of CDC death data published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers also found that the increase in substance use-related CVD age-adjusted mortality rate has particularly accelerated since 2012.
“Despite drops in overall CVD disease deaths from 1999 to 2019, CVD deaths in which substance use was cited as

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