The Opioids Crisis: Facts & Figures

The dramatic rise in opioid use, misuse, addiction, overdoses and deaths is evident in the numbers.

Drugs now kill more Americans than Cars

- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Almost 130 die from overdose every day

115 accidentally and 81 due to opioids

Leading cause of accidental death

due primarily to opioid deaths quadrupling since 1999

Half million lives lost since 2000

47k died from drug overdose in 2014, more than any other year on record

America consumes 80% of world's opioids

with only 5% of population

2.5 million Americans with an opioid use disorder

in 2014

29,467 opioid overdose deaths in 2014

19k due to prescription opioids and 10.5k due to heroin
Graph displaying number of national deaths from prescription opioid pain relievers

From 2001 to 2014, there was a 3.4-fold increase in the total number of prescription opioid overdose deaths in the U.S.

Image Source: NIH: Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction, December 2015

From 2001 to 2014, there was a 6-fold increase in the total number of heroin overdose deaths in the U.S.

Image Source: NIH: Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction, December 2015

Prescription opioid sales quadrupled since 1999

despite no change in amount of pain reported

259 million opioid prescriptions written in U.S.

in 2012 alone, enough for every adult to have a bottle of pills

Heroin deaths have tripled since 2010

Up 26% from 2013 to 2014

Heroin use often begins with prescription painkillers

Almost 80% of the time

Friends and family are No. 1 source of opioids for non-medical use

and people addicted to pain pills 40X more likely to become addicted to heroin

Overdose rates highest among middle-aged

ages 25 to 54

750k emergency room visits due to opioids

in 2011

The drugs most commonly involved in Rx opioid deaths are methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone

according to CDC

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