The 2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes – United States shows the effects of the prescription and illicit drug crisis impacting the nation. The data show the latest information available on the drug epidemic in America, including various health outcomes, health behaviors, prescribing patterns, overdose, and death.
The surveillance report pulls four types of data from four different data sources, including opioid prescribing, drug misuse and substance abuse disorder, nonfatal hospitalizations and emergency department visits, and drug overdose mortality.
Key data from the report:
- In 2017, providers wrote more than 58 prescriptions for every 100 people in the United States.
- In 2016, 48.5 million people used illicit drugs (like marijuana, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or methamphetamine) or misused prescription drugs (like pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, or sedatives).
- In 2015, almost 3
- 20,000 Americans were hospitalized for nonfatal, unintentional drug poisonings.
- A record number of drug overdose deaths happened in 2016, with more than 63,000 Americans dying. More than 66% of drug overdose deaths involved a prescription or illicit opioid.