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In 2014, 61% of drug overdose deaths involved some type of opioid, including heroin.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Increases in Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths - United States, 2000-2014. 2016.https://www.incb.org/documents/Narcotic-Drugs/Technical-Publications/2014/Narcotic_Drugs_Report_2014.pd. Accessed June 2018.
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On average, each day in 2014, an estimated 1,300 adolescents initiated nonmedical prescription opioid use.

Source: Palamar JJ, Shearston JA, Cleland CM. Discordant reporting of nonmedical opioid use in a nationally representative sample of US high school seniors. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2016;42(5):530-538.
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Everyday, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids.

Source: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality. CDC Wonder, Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2017.
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More than 17,000 people died from prescription opioid overdoses in 2016.

Source: Seth P, Scholl L, Rudd RA, Bacon S. Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids, Cocaine, and Psychostimulants — United States, 2015–2016.
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80% of heroin users started with a prescription painkiller.

Source: Jones CM. Heroin use and heroin use risk behaviors among nonmedical users of prescription opioid pain relievers – United States, 2002-2004 and 2008-2010. Drug Alcohol Depend (2013) 132:95–100
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In 2011, more than 420,000 emergency department visits were related to the misuse or abuse of narcotic pain relievers.

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2011: National Estimates of Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; 2013: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/DAWN2k11ED/DAWN2k11ED/DAWN2k11ED.pdf. Accessed June 2018.
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Opioid overdose deaths increased 5x from 1999 to 2016.

Source: Hedegaard H, Warner M, Miniño AM. Drug overdose deaths in the United States, 1999–2016. NCHS Data Brief, no 294. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2017.
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In 2014, there were approximately one and a half times more drug overdose deaths in the United States than deaths from motor vehicle crashes.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Increases in Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths - United States, 2000-2014. 2016.https://www.incb.org/documents/Narcotic-Drugs/Technical-Publications/2014/Narcotic_Drugs_Report_2014.pd. Accessed June 2018.
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In a grim milestone, more people died from heroin-related causes than from gun homicides in 2016.

Source: Rudd RA, Seth P, David F, Scholl L. Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:1445–1452. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm655051e1
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Heroin-related overdose deaths increased 5x from 2010 to 2016.

Source: Wide-ranging online data for epidemiologic research (WONDER). Atlanta, GA: CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2017.
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Over half of young adults who misused prescription opioids got them from a friend or family member.

Source: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2017). 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD.
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Dependence on prescription opioids can happen after just five days.

Source: Shah A, Hayes CJ, Martin BC. Characteristics of Initial Prescription Episodes and Likelihood of Long-Term Opioid Use — United States, 2006–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:265–269. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6610a1
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