Monday, April 17, 2017

Fighting Opioid Overdose

"The opioid overdose epidemic is devastating families and communities across America. Whether you’re a professional working in preventing drug abuse or treating addiction, or a healthcare provider, first responder, or law enforcement officer the opioid epidemic is likely affecting you, someone you love, or your community. No matter who you are, our goal is the same—to end the opioid overdose epidemic currently ravaging the United States...

Do you know about the opioid overdose epidemic?

According to the most recent CDC data, we know that most drug overdose deaths in the United States involve an opioid. Some numbers to know are:
  • Opioids were involved in more than 33,000 deaths in 2015.
  • Sixty three percent of drug overdose deaths in 2015 involved an opioid.
  • Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid-related overdose.
  • The number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled since 1999.
  • Heroin-related overdose deaths increased by 21 percent from 2014 to 2015.
  • In 2015, 12,989 people died from a heroin-related overdos..."

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