Get the stats to help promote your organization’s resources targeting this growing medical issue.

By Apryl King | Posted: May 16, 2017

A drug epidemic in the U.S. has been gaining momentum for more than a
decade, according to CDC data.

It starts with an addiction to prescription pain killers and leads to the
abuse of, and sometimes fatal overdose from, illegal drugs such as heroin.

According to the

Centers for Disease Control


Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the
United States. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of
ten) involve an opioid. Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving
opioids (including

prescription opioids

and heroin)
quadrupled. From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from
drug overdoses. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

We now know that overdoses from prescription opioids are a driving factor
in the 15-year increase in opioid overdose deaths. Since 1999, the amount
of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. nearly quadrupled, yet there has
not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report.
Deaths from prescription opioids—drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and
methadone—have more than quadrupled since 1999.

Opioid addiction affects millions of people across all segments of the
population, from those struggling to manage chronic pain, their
children—especially those born addicted—and other family and community

To gain more insight into this crisis and gather data to impart in your
organization’s communications, consider the statistics featured in this
infographic by

Magellan Healthcare

Highlights include:

  • The increase in medical insurance claims involving opioid use
  • Impact of opioid abuse on employers
  • Costs incurred by several states associated with opioid abuse