Among white users, prescription opioids seem to be a gateway drug to heroin.
West Virginia has the nation's highest rate of opioid overdoses, according to the CDC.
The report also confirms that white, middle-aged adults are being hit hardest by the opioid epidemic.
The drugs stemming from the opium poppy have sparked wars, been used as a painkiller the world over and currently a prescription abuse epidemic in the U.S.
Jack Fishman's widow is fighting for policy changes that will help treat America's growing opioid problem.
Lawmakers plan to move the landmark bill to President Obama before the summer.
Deaths from the synthetic opiate look like early signs of a lethal new chapter in the U.S.'s surging addiction crisis.
More people in the U.S. died from opioid overdoses than car accidents in 2014.