National Opioid Overdose Epidemic
Overdoses from prescription opioids are a driving factor in the 15 year increase in opioid-related overdose deaths. Since 1999, the number of opioid prescriptions sold in the United States has nearly quadrupled.(1)
- Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with over 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. (2)
- Opioid addiction is the driving force behind this epidemic with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription opioids, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015. (2)
- In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids, which is more than enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills. (3)
For more information about the national Opioid Overdose Epidemic
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Increases in Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths — United States, 2000–2014. MMWR 2015; 64;1-5.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality File. (2015). Number and Age-Adjusted Rates of Drug-poisoning Deaths Involving Opioid Analgesics and Heroin: United States, 2000–2014. Atlanta, GA: Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Opioid Painkiller Prescribing, Where You Live Makes a Difference. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.