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Overdose Deaths Are Becoming Too Common

Overdose Deaths Are Becoming Too Common

Last updated on October 2nd, 2020 at 05:09 pm

This PROBLEM has gotten to be so big and it has spread so wide, that experts are starting to refer to it as an EPIDEMIC. Drug abuse does not discriminate. It can kill men, women, blacks, whites, teens, adults and anyone who chooses to welcome drugs into their lives. The statistics are haunting, but we want to tell you about how our services can help. Keep reading to learn more…

The Statistics

  • In 2015, 91 Americans died every day from drug overdoses.

  • That equates to over 30,000 lives lost in a single year.

  • Nearly 13,000 of those deaths were related to heroin.

  • Since the year 1999, prescription opioid use has nearly quadrupled.

  • The amount of people testing positive for heroin in the workforce increased 146% from 2011-2015.

  • Among safety-sensitive employees, positive opioid drug tests increased by 84%.

Problem Areas

  • NEW HAMPSHIRE– In 2014, this small northeastern state saw a rapid increase in opioid related overdoses. Data shows that for every 100,000 people, 26 lost their lives to an overdose. In 2004, that number was only 10 per every 100,000. What a difference a decade can make.

  • NEW MEXICO– The southwest’s proximity to Mexico does not do them any favors when it comes to overdoses. New Mexico has always been right around the top when it comes to overdoses and 2014 was no different. They saw nearly 28 deaths per every 100,000 people.

  • WEST VIRGINIA– A rise in the use of a prescription opioid known as Fentanyl was a major contributor to making West Virginia the deadliest state on the map. With nearly 35 deaths per 100,000 people, West Virginia nearly doubled its total from 2004 and the problem doesn’t seem to be getting better.

Possible Solutions

  • The first thing that needs to be addressed is that far too many abusers obtain these drugs LEGALLY. We need to look at our doctors and the way they prescribe medication to help limit exposure.

  • Drug testing is also another alternative. If more businesses decided to implement a Drug-Free Workplace, more employees and potential employees would be hesitant to get involved with drugs in the first place.

  • Parents also need to get involved. Kids need to be taught about the dangers of drugs and alcohol from a young age so their minds are clear on the expectations. Adults also have to set a good example for the next generation.

If you’re interested in learning more about a Drug-Free Workplace and how it can help your business, call National Drug Screening at 866-843-4545 or click around on our website!