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More Than 115 Americans Die After Overdosing On Opioids Every Day

Emergency Room Visits And Deaths Related To Opioid Overdose Have More Than Quadrupled In The Last 15 Years And Continue To Rise 1,2.

The Misuse Of And Addiction To Opioids—Including Prescription Pain Relievers, Heroin, And Fentanyl—Is A National Crisis. 

The CDC Estimates Nearly Half Of All Opioid Overdose Deaths Involve A Prescription Opioid 3.

Prescription Opioids, Also Known As Happy Pills, Percs, Vikes, Oxy, And Many Other Names, Can Be Addictive 4

Learn More About Opioids At Drugabuse.Gov/Opioids


  1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), HCUP Fast Stats, Opioid-Related Hospital Use (http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/faststats/landing.jsp) based on the HCUP National (Nationwide) Inpatient Sample (NIS) and the HCUP Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS)
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS): 2003-2013. National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services. 2015. http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/2013_Treatment_Episode_Data_Set_National/2013_Treatment_Episode_Data_Set_National.pdf.
  3. CDC. Wide-ranging online data for epidemiologic research (WONDER). Atlanta, GA: CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2016. Available at http://wonder.cdc.gov 
  4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. 2015. http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs2014/NSDUH-DetTabs2014.pdf. Accessed September 23, 2015.


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