National Data

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)

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For more information about the national Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html 

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Increases in Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths — United States, 2000–2014. MMWR 2015; 64;1-5.
  2. 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.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Opioid Painkiller Prescribing, Where You Live Makes a Difference. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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