You Could Die from Drugs

There is a drug-induced death in the US every 7.5 minutes. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the US—exceeding even motor vehicle accidents. In 2017, there were 70,237 drug overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 47,600 overdose deaths that year.

In 2017, drug deaths exceeded deaths from firearms, suicide and more. Check out the chart below:

Drug overdose deaths have risen from 6.1 deaths per 100,000 persons in 1999 to 21.7 deaths per 100,000 in 2017.

Have you ever lost a family member or close friend to a drug overdose or other preventable death? Do you know what that grief feels like? Can you even imagine what it is like for a parent to lose a child? A sibling to lose a sibling?

Children are not supposed to die before their parents. The death of a child brings immense grief, pain, and heartbreak.

 


Source: "Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999-2017," National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, November 2018.
Source: "All Injuries," National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Source: "Deaths: Final Data for 2017," National Vital Statistics Report, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Source: "Suicide and Self-Inflicted Injury," National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Source: "Assault or Homicide," National Center of Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.