Opioid Crisis Data

August 2019: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). 2018 NSDUH Report Data Findings Report and presentation of data: recorded webcast and slides (PDF | PPT). Highlights include:

  • Opioid epidemic:
    • New users of heroin significantly decreased related to 2016
    • Significant decreases in pain reliever misuse observed for all ages
    • Downward trend in heroin users
    • Estimated 2.1M with opioid use disorder

October 2018: "Overdose is now the #1 cause of death in people under 50."  See this fact and more about the opioid epidemic in PBS NOVA documentary "Addiction ."  Documentary tells the story of addictions impact on loved ones and society, the disease of addiction, and hopeful treatment and recovery outcomes.

On November 18, 2016, the Office of the Surgeon General released The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health , describing the misuse of alcohol, prescription drugs, and other substances:

    • Over 20 million people aged 12 or older has a substance use disorder. This rate is similar to diabetes and more than 1.5 times the annual prevalence of all cancers combined.
    • Despite the fact that we have treatments we know are effective, only one in five people who currently need treatment for opioid use disorders is actually receiving it.
    • Updated science on the adverse health consequences.
    • Prevention, treatment, and recovery.
    • Ways to equip health care providers, communities, policymakers, law enforcement, and others with the evidence, the tools, and the information they need to take action to address this growing epidemic.
  • Vision for the future

Opioid Epidemic Data

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