Facts And Statistics
The Opioid Epidemic In America
Opioids have been a silent serial killer in America in recent years. It has been running rampant in our streets and spilling into our homes. Take the time to read over a few of these facts to help understand the tragedy opioid addiction.
- As of the 2010s, the number of opioid-related deaths skyrocketed to record-breaking numbers. In 2018 alone, 3.3 million Americans have misused prescription painkillers.
- Statistics show that from 2006 to 2011, the misuse of painkiller Adderall jumped up a surprising 67% from previous years.
- Americans as a whole consumed a whopping 80% of the world supply of opioids.
- It was reported that in 2016 an average of 46 people died every single day from prescription opioid overdose.
- Recently, there has been an alternative to prescription opioids; heroin. Heroin is significantly cheaper than painkillers but offers the same high.
- Reports show that opioid addicts often get their drugs from a family member or friend rather than via prescription or buying illegally.
- 2011 saw upwards of 420,000 opioid-related hospital and emergency room visits.
- Opioid-related deaths outnumbered the number of vehicle-related deaths in 2014.
- In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written and filled for opioid painkillers.
- To prove that prescription painkillers can lead to stronger, more dangerous drugs, 80% of total reported heroin users began with painkillers.
- An opioid-related death occurs approximately every twelve minutes.
- In the 90s it was believed, by medical professionals, that addiction to painkillers was impossible.
Fighting The Epidemic
Fighting the opioid epidemic will not be an easy task. It will take a true understanding of the problem at hand. Until everyone is willing to take the fight nationally, we will be doomed repeat this sad history.
We cannot fight this addiction alone. America as a whole has succumbed to the deadly forces of opioid addiction. Walking the road to recovery is it just as important as it is absolutely necessary.
We aren’t just in this fight to save our lives. We are fighting to save our country and the lives of our fellow Americans.
We have allowed this pain and suffering to continue for far too long. It’s time we end the suffering. It’s time to rewrite our history. It’s time we recreate our future.
Together we can bring about sobriety and healing for the country we love.