Opioid Epidemic FACTS

FACT: Prescription drugs caused the deaths of 18,893 people in 2014, a dramatic 14% increase over 2013.

FACT: Opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to produce pleasurable effects and relieve pain

FACT: The Opioid epidemic is a critical public health issue. Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States today.

FACT: Practically all individuals who used heroin also used at least
1 other drug ( most used 3 )

FACT: Opioids include prescription pain relief drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and other as well as heroin.

FACT: Among people 25-65 years old, drug overdose caused more deaths than motor vehicle traffic crashes.

FACT: At least half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.

The US is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. If you or someone you know needs help, effective treatment is available and can save lives.

www.hhs.gov/opioids