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#tab1-23aexternal icon) 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.mm655051e1external icon.