“It’s so rare to see a cause of death increase in the US. Since 2000, more than 300,000 people have died of opiates, and we have yet to see big decreases anywhere.”
~Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
And the opioid epidemic continues…
Opioids, the class of drug that includes prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet, and codeine and also the illicit drug heroin, is an ongoing public health concern and is exacting a terrible toll – in both financial and human terms.
According to the October 2016 issue of Medical Care, prescription opioid abuse in the United States creates an economic burden of $78.5 BILLION annually – not counting heroin.
Other statistics include:
- Among Americans 12 or older, TWO MILLION have a Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) involving prescription painkillers.
- 591,000 have a SUD involving heroin.
- Of the 55,403 fatal overdoses in 2015, more than 33,000 were due to opioids – nearly 60%.
- In 2014, there were 47,055 fatal overdoses (+17.7% year-over-year) with 28,647 involving opioids (+15.5%)
- The death rate for all synthetic opioids (excluding methadone) rose by 72%.
- 2013-2014, Deaths specifically involving fentanyl more than doubled – from 1905 to 4200.
- Overdose death rates increased in 30 states and Washington DC, and stayed the same in 19 other states.
- 2014-2015, Opioid deaths among women increased by 7%.
- 1999-2010, 48,000 women died because of painkiller overdoses.
- Painkiller-related overdose deaths in 2008 were 4X what they were in 1999.
- In 2009, treatment admissions for opioids were 6X what they were in 1999.
- 276,000 adolescents currently use pain relievers non-medically.
- 80% of new heroin users begin by misusing opioid prescriptions.
- Among people in treatment for opioid addiction, 94% switched to heroin because it was cheaper and easier to obtain.
- 23% of people who use heroin will become addicted.
- 21,000 adolescents have used heroin within the past year.
- Nearly one-quarter of all overdose deaths involve heroin.
- 2014-2015, the rate of heroin deaths increased by 21%.
- Among intravenous heroin users, 54% will experience at least one overdose.
The statistics tell a chilling tale. Left unchecked, an opioid addiction ALWAYS progresses, almost invariably to the point of overdose and death. Long-term professional help is needed to overcome the disease.
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