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CDC's Unique Work in Action: Overdose Deaths are the Tip of the Iceberg

Infographic: CDC's Unique Work in Action. Overdose Deaths are the Tip of the Iceberg

For every 1 perscription or illicit opioid overdose death in 2015 there were:

  • 18 people who had a substance use disorder involving heroin
  • 62 people who had a substance use disorder involving prescription opioids
  • 377 people who misused prescription opioids in the past year
  • 2946 people who used prescription opioids in the past year

Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables (https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015.htm#tab1-23a) Rudd RA, Seth P, David F, Scholi 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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