What We Know About the Opioid Crisis

Roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.

  • Between 8 and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder.

  • An estimated 4 to 6 percent who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin.

  • About 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids.

  • Opioid overdoses increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states.

  • The Midwestern region saw opioid overdoses increase 70 percent from July 2016 through September 2017.

  • Opioid overdoses in large cities increase by 54 percent in 16 states.

Opioid overdoses in large cities

This issue has become a public health crisis with devastating consequences including increases in opioid misuse and related overdoses, as well as the rising incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome due to opioid use and misuse during pregnancy. The increase in injection drug use has also contributed to the spread of infectious diseases including HIV and hepatitis C. Science, through drug testing and research, can be an important part of the solution in resolving such a public health crisis.

For information on how new developments in drug testing can facilitate your efforts to reduce or eliminate the use of illicit and prescription medication abuse in your workplace, home, or community, please call Accuracy First Diagnostics at (980) 689-1233.

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