The Opioid Epidemic By The Numbers

The opioid epidemic has now been considered a public health emergency by president Trump.

In 1999 about 4,000 people died from overdoses.

16,000 by 2010.

53,000 by 2015.

And over 64,000 by 2016.

That means 16 TIMES more people died from overdoses in 2016 than in 1999.

Drug overdoses have since become the leading cause of death of Americans under 50, with two-thirds of those deaths from opioids.

If you’re an American under 50, you’re more likely to die from an overdose than a car accident or a gun.

In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids, which is more than enough to
give every American adult their own bottle of pills.

Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescription opioids.

The epidemic cost the United States an estimated $504 billion in 2015.

Opioids could kill more than 500,000 people in the next decade.

Public health emergencies are being declared, yet nothing is being done.

This opioid epidemic is sneaking into the most unsuspecting families and tearing them apart.

We are here to share our story of getting into and overcoming opioid and heroin addiction.

We are Project Unbroken.

In Category: Addiction

Greg Morrison

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