Opioid Overdose on the Rise
Opioid overdose is a serious problem. Opioids are the class of drug that includes things like some prescription pain medication, methadone, fentanyl, and heroin. Despite years of combating the issues, drugs and drug overdoses are still an issue in the United States—in some cases now more than ever.
Statistics shared by the National Center for Health Statistics, show that from 1999-2016 the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths has tripled from a rate of 6.1 per 100,000 to 19.8 deaths per 100,000 people. The infographic (above) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that 116 people die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. This epidemic is estimated to cost the United States $504 billion a year from things such as medical costs, lost work and lost life.
While all of these numbers can be disturbing to think about—what does that mean for you, individually? It means you are likely to be affected by this in some way. You may have a friend, family member, or you yourself be dealing with the effects of opioid misuse and potential overdose.
What can you do about it?
Get educated. Learn about how to help prevent overdose and what you can do to help prevent opioid addiction.
Get Help. If you know someone with an opioid addiction, encourage them to get help. Recovery is possible with the right support.
In 2017, Governor Doug Ducey joined several other state governors in declaring a public health emergency related to the opioid epidemic. Programs are available to help educate, prevent, and treat opioid misuse, and eventually reduce the number of overdose deaths.
You can be part of the solution.
Statistics from: Hedegaard H, Warner M, Miniño AM. Drug overdose deaths in the United States, 1999–2016. NCHS Data Brief, no 294. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2017 and www.hhs.gov/opioids/about-the-epidemic
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