“Of the almost 20 million individuals with a substance use disorder in 2017, more than 2 million qualified as having an opioid addiction,” according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Every day, 140 people across the United States die of a drug overdose, 91 of which are because of opioids. And the death toll keeps rising. That is why it’s important that we understand what opioids are, the impact of the opioid epidemic across the country and how we can help as certified Mental Health First Aiders.
Here are 10 things you need to know about the opioid epidemic.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you or someone you know is experiencing an overdose, call 911.