The Nick Willard
Live Again Foundation​

SINCE

2019

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70,699 people died from drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2017

47,885
14,069
10,435
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Opioids

Cocaine

Psychostimulants

Opioids were involved in 47,885 deaths.
  • About 28,000 involved fentanyl.
  • 15,593 involved heroin
  • 3,210 involved methadone
  • 14, 559 involved other opioids, including prescription pills
Cocaine was involved in 14,069 deaths
Psychostimulants, like methamphetamine and ecstasy, were involved in 10,435 deaths
 .Facts About Drug Use in the U.S.A
  • 11,824,000 people reported opioid abuse in the past year, and 2,144,000 thought they had an opioid use disorder
    • ​886,000 people reported using heroin in the past year
  • ​5,071,000 people reported cocaine use in the past year, and 966,000 thought they had an addiction
  • ​1,633,000 people reported methamphetamine use in the past year, and 964,000 thought they had an addiction
  • 5,839,000 people reported abusing prescription stimulants in the past year, and 572,000 thought they had an addiction
  • 5,944,000 people reported abusing prescription tranquilizers in the past year, and 739,000 thought they had an addiction
  • ​1,357,000 people reported abusing prescription sedatives in the past year, and 198,000 thought they had an addiction

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Fentanyl is an opioid that is 50-100 times more potent than morphine.

Fentanyl is becoming a huge problem​

Rapid increases in drug overdoses since 2013 are largely due to ​​​illicitly manufactured fentanyl that is added to heroin. This decreases the price to produce heroin, and most drug users never know they are receiving fentanyl.
​​​​​From 2013 to 2017, rates of deaths involving fentanyl have increased on average by 71% per year.

References

  1. Ahmad FB, Rossen LM, Spencer MR, Warner M, Sutton P. Provisional drug overdose death counts. National Center for Health Statistics. 2018. Accessed January 31, 2019 from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes — United States. Surveillance Special Report. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Published August 31, 2018. Accessed January 29, 2019 from https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/pubs/2018-cdc-drug-surveillance-report.pdf. 
  3. Hedegaard H, Miniño AM, Warner M. Drug overdose deaths in the United States, 1999–2017. NCHS Data Brief, no 329. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2018. Accessed February 7, 2019 from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db329-h.pdf.
  4. ​Scholl L, Seth P, Kariisa M, Wilson N, Baldwin G. Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;67:1419–1427. Accessed February 10, 2019 from DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm675152e1.