The Drug Epidemic: The Worst Public Health Crisis in American History

The Drug Epidemic: The Worst Public Health Crisis in American History

The Drug Epidemic: The Worst Public Health Crisis in American History

“…there’s a drug epidemic the likes of which we’ve never seen in this country.”

~ President Donald Trump

Right now, drug overdoses are the leading cause of deaths for Americans under the age of 50. In fact, drugs kill more people than car crashes and gun homicides combined. Even more troubling, the numbers are getting worse. The US has suffered 19 consecutive years of “records”, according to the National Center for Health Statistics:

  • 1999: 16849
  • 2000: 17415 (+3.3%)
  • 2001: 19394 (+11.4%)
  • 2002: 23514 (+21.2%)
  • 2003: 25785 (+9.7%)
  • 2004: 27424 (+6.6%)
  • 2005: 29813 (+8.7%)
  • 2006: 34425 (+15.5%)
  • 2007: 36010 (+4.6%)
  • 2008: 36450 (+1.2%)
  • 2009: 37004 (+1.5%)
  • 2010: 38329 (+3.6%)
  • 2011: 41340 (+7.9%)
  • 2012: 41502 (+.4%)
  • 2013: 43982 (+6.0%)
  • 2014: 47055 (+7.0%)
  • 2015: 52404 (+11.4%)
  • 2016: 63632 (+21.4%)
  • 2017: 71,000 (estimated) (+11.6%)

All told, the number of drug overdose deaths is almost four-and-a-quarter times what it was a generation ago.

What’s Driving Drug Overdose Deaths

The continuing opioid epidemic is the largest reason behind mounting fatal overdoses. In 2015, for example, over 58% of overdose deaths were opioid-related. And the biggest factors in the epidemic are synthetic opioids and heroin.

  • Between 2014 and 2015, the death rate from synthetic opioids jumped over 72%. This includes:
  • Fentanyl
  • Carfentanil
  • Gray Death
  • U-47700
  • W-18
  • Between 2002 and 2016, the number of heroin deaths skyrocketed 533%.

What Can Be Done?

Opioid addiction is one of the hardest substance abuse disorders to overcome. Successful recovery is best supported by comprehensive evidence-based treatment. Often, that treatment also utilizes medication-assisted therapy to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings.

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SOURCES:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data-visualization/drug-poisoning-mortality/