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
- Provisional drug overdose estimates showing updated data on prior twelve months
- Vital Signs: Opioid overdoses treated in emergency departments
- Opioid data overview
- Increases in drug and opioid-involved overdose deaths - United States, 2013-2017
- Understanding the Epidemic analysis of data since 1999
- Vital Signs: Opioid painkiller prescribing – Where you live makes a difference, July 2014
- CMS posts undate of Medicare Part D opioid prescribing mapping tool, April 16, 2018
- New York Times August 15, 2018 analysis of the 2017 data:
- Overdoes death increases attributed to more opioid users and more lethal synthetic drugs available
- Some areas are seeing decreases - MA, VT, RI and perhaps MA
- Prescription Drug Use and Misuse in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2016
- The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) public use file is the primary source of statistical information on the use of tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, and illicit drugs by the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population aged 12 or older.
Other Related Reports
- AAFP: National Pain Strategy, 2016
- IHI: Addressing the Opioid Crisis in the United States, 2017
- IOM: Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care Education, and Research, 2011
- National Safety Council: Injury Facts, 2017 edition. Includes deaths by poison, including unintentional opioid overdose leading cause of death in age 26-64.
- Washington Post, 76 Billion Opioid Pills: Discover How Many were Sold Near You and By Whom Through the Post's Interactive Database, July 18, 2019
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