New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than 2 million Americans are dying from prescription painkillers and heroin each year.
But even though the number of opioid-related deaths has decreased significantly in recent years, many opioid users still are struggling with opioid addiction and death.
Here are five things you need to know.1.
Overdose deaths are up for the first time in over 20 years.
Since January 2017, the number who overdosed on prescription opioids has increased by more than 8.7 million.
That means more than 10.4 million people have been hospitalized for overdoses, more than twice the number in 2015, according to data released Thursday by the CDC.2.
Overdoses by opioid-using adults are now at a record high.
The number of overdose deaths has increased almost 50% since January 2017.
In 2018, that number jumped by more the same amount.3.
Deaths from opioid-dependent overdose are rising in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
But the number is rising more dramatically in just three states: Colorado, Maryland and Massachusetts.4.
More than half of Americans over the age of 18 say they are addicted to prescription opioids.
But a survey released last week by the American Society of Addiction Medicine found that only half of those people said they have ever used prescription opioids in the past year.
That’s more than double the percentage who said they had ever abused prescription drugs.5.
Over 1.4 billion Americans have been prescribed opioids, which is nearly double the number prescribed in 2014.
But that doesn’t mean all of those prescriptions are getting filled.
A 2015 study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that some of the prescription painkiller drugs used in the U.S. have actually been making it harder for some people to find the right opioid to take.
And the opioid industry has been using the opioid problem to keep profits up.