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Drug overdose deaths in the United States continue to increase

Opioids, opiates and heroin continue to dominate the cause of overdose deaths in the USA.  The CDC (Center for Disease Control) report that 91 Americans die each day from opioid (including heroin and prescription drugs).  They recently also noted:

  • The percentage increase of drug overdose deaths among adults aged 55-64 rose from 4.2 per 100,000 in 1999 to 21.8 in 2015.

  • In 2015, adults aged 45-54 had the highest death rate from drug overdose at 30 deaths per 100,000.

 

Deaths from opiate and drug overdose graphic

Deaths from opiate and drug overdose

The lack of treatment opportunities is a leading cause.  Michael Botticelli, the former White House Director of National Drug Control Policy, recently said, “The prescription opioid and heroin epidemic continues to devastate communities and families across the country…in large part because too many people still do not get effective substance use disorder treatment.”

The lack of treatment options and uncertainty about health  coverage keeps many addicts from seeking treatment and recovery.  Sadly, many addicts come to view themselves as being hopeless and beyond redemption.

Opiate Hotline knows addicts can get clean and sober and turn their lives around.  We hope our government does more to help the addict and the stigma of seeking help will be lifted.