Raising Awareness: Opioid Overdose Facts

By now, you’ve probably heard of the opioid epidemic and know that opioid-related overdoses and deaths are at an all-time high. As the crisis gains attention nationwide, alarming statistics are constantly surfacing on just how severe the issue has become. Below are ten very important national and Georgia-specific statistics. We’ll continue to update this list as more information becomes available.

  1. Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.1
  2. Roughly 21-29% of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.1
  3. Between 8-12% of patients develop an opioid use disorder.1
  4. From 1999 to 2016, more than 200,000 people died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999.2
  5. Opioid overdoses increased 30% from July 2016 to September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states.3
  6. Drug overdoses killed more than 72,000 people in the United States last year. A majority of the deaths – nearly 49,000 – was caused by opioids.4
  7. Drug overdoses in 2017 killed more people than guns, car crashes or HIV/AIDS ever killed in a single year in the United States.5
  8. Opioid-involved overdose deaths have been rapidly increasing in Georgia since 2010 (from 246 to 1,043 – a 245% increase), driven initially by increased use and misuse of prescription opioids (e.g., Oxycodone and Hydrocodone), but in recent years there have been substantial increases in the number of heroin- and fentanyl-involved overdose deaths.6
  9. In Georgia in 2017, overdoses involving any opioid accounted for 3,174 emergency department visits, 1,760 hospitalizations and 1,043 deaths.6
  10. Georgia is among the top 11 states with the most opioid overdose deaths, and 55 Georgia counties have an overdose rate higher than the national average.7

Now that you know more about opioid overdoses, you can learn all about the signs of an overdose, what to do in an overdose situation and the Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law here.

 

Sources:

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  4. The Guardian
  5. Vox
  6. Georgia Department of Public Health
  7. Attorney General of Georgia
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