You may realize we do not need the tabloids to tell us the Opioid Crisis is a problem. Since 2016, retail pharmacies in the United States dispatched more than 214 million opioid prescriptions, and, in 2015, an estimated 2 million American people suffered from addiction to these dangerous drugs (resulting in 117,000 deaths). Other countries have also entered this deadly game, including Canada and the United Kingdom (who have established prevention programs), as well as newcomer Australia (which is battling a growing crisis in its rural areas). However, it appears that good news may be on the horizon, at least for our country. Recently, the National Institute on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provided some fantastic results concerning the Opioid Crisis in America. Let’s take a closer look.

Hope on the Horizon

HEROIN USE HAS DROPPED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARSAccording to the 2017 NSDUH survey (released in September), the number of people who have tried heroin for the first time has decreased by 50% (falling from 170,000 to 81,000). That means, within a year, abuse or addiction to opioids has been sliced in half.

As part of the annual study, NSDUH interviewed 67,500 participants nationwide and focused on topics that included mental health disorders, substance abuse treatment, and more. NSDUH is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Additional Findings

Further analysis in the NSDUH study produced the following statistics:

  • From 2016 to 2017, people received more substance abuse treatment than earlier years (increase from 9.2% to 13%)
  • From 2016 to 2017, the amount of people ages 12 and older suffering from a form of opioid use disorder (or pain medication disorder) decreased from 1.8 million to 1.7 million.
  • In the past years, only 8% of people demonstrated comorbidity (having a mental health problem and substance abuse disorder at the same time)
  • In 30 days, only 7% of pregnant women reported using the drug, while 3% of pregnant women reported daily consumption of the drug.

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