115 people Die Daily in U.S.After Overdosing on Opioids.
Center for Disease Control 2018 Opioid Overdose Crisis Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
In 2015, more than 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.
What do we know about the opioid crisis? Roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.6 Between 8 and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder.7–9 An estimated 4 to 6 percent who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin.7–9 About 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids.7 Opioid overdoses increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states.10 The Midwestern region saw opioid overdoses increase 70 percent from July 2016 through September 2017.10 Opioid overdoses in large cities increase by 54 percent in 16 states.10