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10 Truly Terrible Statistics About The U.S. Opioid Crisis


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Millions of Americans use opioid medications to manage chronic pain that can't be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. Unfortunately, these medications aren't any better at managing chronic pain than Ibuprofen or Tylenol.

The nation's heroin problem and reliance on opioid medications have led to the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. It's now more likely for the average American to die from an accidental overdose than to die from a car accident.

Here are some of the latest statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shed light on the gravity of the country's opioid epidemic.

  1. The average person in the U.S. has a one in 96 chance of dying from an accidental opioid overdose. Your chances of dying in a motor vehicle accident are one in 103.
  2. The opioid overdose death rate jumped to 14.9 per 100,000 in 2017, up from 2.9 per 100,000 in 1999.
  3. Approximately one in five people receive prescription opioid medications long-term in primary care settings to treat non-cancer pain.
  4. Over 1,000 people a day are treated in emergency rooms across the U.S. for accidentally overdosing on prescription opioids.
  5. In 2016, over 40% of accidental opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. involved opioid medications that had been prescribed by a doctor.
  6. U.S. health care providers wrote over 214 million opioid prescriptions in 2016. That's 66.5 prescriptions per every 100 patients.
  7. The total economic impact of prescription opioid misuse in the U.S. including costs of health care, addiction treatment, criminal justice involvement, and lost productivity is $78.5 billion a year.
  8. Four out of every five people suffering from heroin addiction first became addicted to prescription opioid medications.
  9. Up to 591,000 people suffered from heroin use disorder in 2015 and 155,000 were young adults. Another 6,000 were teenagers.
  10. More than 130 people die from an accidental opioid overdose every day in the United States.
  11. Where can I find methadone centers near me?

If you're looking for treatments for opioid addiction, avoid abstinence-based non-medical treatment options. Instead, look for the nearest methadone clinics in Illinois like Sundance Methadone Treatment Center which have a success rate ranging from 60% to 90%.

Whether you're looking for methadone treatments for heroin addiction or opiate addiction, Sundance Methadone Treatment Center can help. To learn more about our methadone clinics in Illinois, contact Sundance Methadone Treatment Center today.

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