Opioid Crisis Data

The Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) December 2016 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report analyzed data from 2010 – 2015, which shows:

  • Increases seen in 2015 in the United States
    • Ninety-one people die every day from an opioid overdose, up from seventy-eight per day in 2014
    • 52,404 deaths attributed to drug overdoses, 11.4% increase from 47,055 in 2014
    • 63% overdose deaths involved an opioid (61% in 2014)
    • 72% increase from 2014 – 2015 in deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone; most likely illicitly-manufactured fentanyl
    • 21% increase in heroin deaths 2014 – 2015
    • Increase across all demographic groups, region, and in numerous states
  • Deaths attributed to methadone are down by 9.1%
  • Evidence that efforts to reduce opioid prescribing could help reduce the number exposed to opioids

On November 18, 2016, the Office of the Surgeon General released The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, describing the misuse of alcohol, prescription drugs, and other substances:

  • Report Highlights: At a Glance
    • Over 20 million people aged 12 or older has a substance use disorder. This rate is similar to diabetes and more than 1.5 times the annual prevalence of all cancers combined.
    • Despite the fact that we have treatments we know are effective, only one in five people who currently need treatment for opioid use disorders is actually receiving it.
    • Updated science on the adverse health consequences.
    • Prevention, treatment, and recovery.
    • Ways to equip health care providers, communities, policymakers, law enforcement, and others with the evidence, the tools, and the information they need to take action to address this growing epidemic.
  • Vision for the future

Opioid Epidemic Data

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