A Few Facts to Know About the Opioid Crisis
- 630,000 people have died from drug overdoses from 1999 to 2016.
- There were 63,600 drug overdose deaths and 66% of those deaths involved opioids.
- The number of deaths involving opioids in 2016 is 5 times higher than the number of deaths in 1999.
- There has been three waves of popularity for opioids:
- 1991-The individuals prescribing the opioids told their patients that there was a low risk in getting addicted to opioids.
- 2010-An increase in heroin overdose related deaths rose; Opioids had become harder to obtain as the effort to decrease its use was prevalent, so individuals turned to heroin as a substitute.
- 2016-The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have now made it difficult to be prescribed any kind of opioid, and prefer non-opioid related treatments. If a doctor were to prescribe opioids, there are guidelines to follow and the patient’s pain would be monitored very consistently. Cancer patients are exempt from these strict guidelines.