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Opioid Solutions: Key Data

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    Opioid Solutions: Key Data

    SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER IN THE UNITED STATES

    • Since 1999, more than 930,000 people have died from a drug overdose in the United States. (CDC)
    • The opioid crisis has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 100,000 people died of a drug overdose in the first year of the pandemic. That’s nearly a 30% increase from the same time period in 2019. (SHADAC)
    • In 2020, over 40 million Americans (15%) reported having a substance use disorder. Less than half of people with substance use disorder received treatment. People with substance use disorder and mental health conditions faced even lower treatment rates, with only 6% receiving treatment for both conditions. (NACo policy brief)

    KEY DATA ON OPIOIDS 

    • An estimated 1.4 million Americans have an opioid use disorder related to opioid painkillers (SAMHSA).
    • Between 2005 and 2017, emergency department visits related to opioid use more than tripled. (SAMHSA)

    KEY DATA ON ACCESS TO TREATMENT

    • Fewer than half of U.S. opioid treatment programs offer mental health services. (Pew)
    • Opioid treatment programs are often unable to tailor treatment to the needs of certain groups, such as pregnant people or people who speak languages other than English (Pew)

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    • Principles for the Use of Funds from the Opioid Litigation
    • Brandeis Opioid Resource Connector
    • Shatterproof
    • NACo-NLC Task Force
    Learn more about key data on opioid and substance use disorder in the United States.
    2022-06-07
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    2022-07-19

SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER IN THE UNITED STATES

  • Since 1999, more than 930,000 people have died from a drug overdose in the United States. (CDC)
  • The opioid crisis has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 100,000 people died of a drug overdose in the first year of the pandemic. That’s nearly a 30% increase from the same time period in 2019. (SHADAC)
  • In 2020, over 40 million Americans (15%) reported having a substance use disorder. Less than half of people with substance use disorder received treatment. People with substance use disorder and mental health conditions faced even lower treatment rates, with only 6% receiving treatment for both conditions. (NACo policy brief)

KEY DATA ON OPIOIDS 

  • An estimated 1.4 million Americans have an opioid use disorder related to opioid painkillers (SAMHSA).
  • Between 2005 and 2017, emergency department visits related to opioid use more than tripled. (SAMHSA)

KEY DATA ON ACCESS TO TREATMENT

  • Fewer than half of U.S. opioid treatment programs offer mental health services. (Pew)
  • Opioid treatment programs are often unable to tailor treatment to the needs of certain groups, such as pregnant people or people who speak languages other than English (Pew)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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    The Stepping Up Initiative

    In May 2015, NACo and partners at the CSG Justice Center and APA Foundation launched Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails.
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    The COVID-19 Recovery Clearinghouse features timely resources for counties, including allocation estimations, examples of county programs using federal coronavirus relief funds, the latest news and more.
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    Live Healthy U.S. Counties

    The National Association of Counties (NACo) Live Healthy Prescription, Health & Dental Discount Program is a NO-COST program available to all member counties.
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    Justice & Public Safety Steering Committee

    All matters pertaining to criminal justice and public safety systems, including ​criminal justice planning, law enforcement, courts, corrections, homeland security, community crime prevention, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, emergency management, fire prevention and control, and civil disturbances.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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    Opioid Solutions Center

    Through the Opioid Solutions Initiative, NACo empowers local leaders to invest resources in effective treatment, recovery, prevention and other public health practices that save lives and address the underlying causes of substance use disorder.
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