Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.
The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.
Our team of researchers are busy collecting data and tracking trends to better identify areas that need assistance and evaluate prevention efforts to address the rise of opioid use.
From conferences, panels, to community events, we participate in all types of engagements to bring awareness of the growing opioid problem.
We support local, state and national programs, policies, strategic plans, and research activities related to the opioid epidemic.
OPIOID EPIDEMIC STATS
About 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids.
Muhuri PK, Gfroerer JC, Davies MC. Associations of Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use and Initiation of Heroin Use in the United States. CBHSQ Data Rev. August 2013.
Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.
CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality. CDC WONDER, Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2018. https://wonder.cdc.gov.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.