Submitted by Taps Coogan on the 18th of September 2017 to The Sounding Line.
Today’s ‘Chart of the Day’ comes via Statista, and illustrates the terrifying rise in heroin overdoses in the US since 2002. As Statista notes:
“According to the most recent data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, fatal heroin overdoses in the U.S. grew from 2,089 in 2002 to 13,219 in 2016. That represents a shocking 533 percent increase. During the same period of time, the number of American heroin users climbed from 404,000 to 948,000.”
“The data shows just how severe the U.S. opioid crisis has become. In 2008, drug-induced deaths claimed more lives than car crashes for the first time and the gap has continued to widen since then. They have also reached another grim and poignant landmark. Drug overdose deaths are expected to surpass 71,000 this year, a significantly higher death toll than the Vietnam War which claimed just over 58,000 lives.”
You will find more statistics at Statista
The surging number of heroin (and fentanyl) overdoses has become so extreme that the cost of providing the medicine to reverse overdoses (naloxone or Narcan) is overwhelming some communities. As Bloomberg notes (in an article from our Top News Stories Column to the left), Middletown, Ohio has been forced to propose limiting the number of naloxone doses administered for repeat overdosers:
“Picard says drug poisonings in Middletown have dropped since his suggestion made national headlines in June. “Every overdose run costs the city $1,104,” Picard says, adding that Middletown had been on track to spend 10 times the $10,000 it budgeted for Narcan.”
This is a national health emergency which is not getting the attention it should.