1. In 2017, the United States Department of Health and Human Services declared the U.S. opioid epidemic a public health emergency.
2. Opioids include heroin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine, and codeine.
3. Opioids were involved in 49,860 overdose deaths in 2019 (70.6% of all drug overdose deaths).
4. According to the CDC, there were 70,630 drug overdoses in the United States in 2019. Opioids were responsible for 70.6% of those overdoses.
5. In Arizona, opioids were responsible for 77.4% of overdoses in 2021.
6. Fentanyl accounted for 47.7% of overdoses in Arizona in 2021, which is an increase of 7.2% from 2020. The rate of fentanyl overdoses is expected to increase in 2022.
7. In 2021, Pima County saw 348 fatal opioid overdoses.
If you feel you have an opioid addiction, please seek professional help.