Death By Despair

The caring professionals at The Other Side Treatment Center (TOS) know that the statistics regarding opioid addiction are frightening but with the proper treatment no one has to become a statistic. As you read the statistics we share please remember that professional scientific based treatments can overcome even the most disturbing statistics.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the epidemic surrounding opiates is in danger of becoming a pandemic. Following are some of the most important statistics.

Most Commonly Overdosed Opioids

The most common drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths include:

  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone (such as OxyContin®)
  • Hydrocodone (such as Vicodin®)

Overdose Deaths

Among those who died from prescription opioid overdose between 1999 and 2014:

  • Overdose rates were highest among people aged 25 to 54 years.
  • Overdose rates were higher among non-Hispanic whites and American Indian or Alaskan Natives, compared to non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics.
  • Men were more likely to die from overdose, but the mortality gap between men and women is closing.

Additional Risks

Overdose is not the only risk related to prescription opioids. Misuse, abuse, and opioid use disorder (addiction) are also potential dangers.

  • In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids.
  • As many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long term for noncancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction.7
  • Every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.”

As frightening as these statistics may be there is hope. Seeking treatment is the best way to keep this epidemic from becoming a pandemic.

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