Overdose Deaths - A National and World Epidemic
187,000 people worldwide died in 2013 from drugs-related deaths, predominantly related to opioid overdose.
Prescription Pain Medicine Leads Heroin in Overdose Deaths
Opioids continue to be the leading drug causing overdose deaths with prescription opioids accounting for nearly half of all overdose deaths.
There were 53,000 lethal drug overdose deaths in 2015, increasing by 11.4% (5,349) over 2014 signifying a continuing trend observed since 1999. Opioid death rates increased by 15.6%. Early CDC 2015 data show prescription opioids was involved in 20,101 overdose deaths in 2015 with Heroin causing 12,990 deaths. Fentanyl (synthetic opioid) increased more than 70% in 2015. The DEA found both Pharmaceutical and drug cartel produced Fentanyl entering the market in highly lethal doses, often times mixed with heroin or pressed into pill form.
Source: CDC www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/
Like many states, Indiana is in crisis. According to the 2015 Center for Disease Control (CDC) report, Indiana is ranked 15th in the nation for overdose deaths. The midwest and rural communities are impacted in part at a higher rate due to limited access to treatment and recovery services.
Symptoms of opioid overdose
Opioid overdose is life-threatening and requires immediate emergency attention. When a person is overdosing from an opioid, their central nervous system and respiration system is depressed and breathing slows or stops. Recognizing the signs of opioid overdose is essential to saving lives.
Call 911 immediately if a person exhibits any of these symptoms:
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Naloxone, opioid overdose reversal drug
Naloxone is an opiate antidote. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills like OxyContin, Percocet, Methadone, and Vicodin. When a person is overdosing from an opioid, their central nervous system is depressed and breathing slows or stops. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids and reverses the effects of an overdose. It cannot be used to get a person high. If given to one who has not taken opioids, it will not have any affect them, since there is no opioids in their system to reverse.
How do you get naloxone? How is it administered?
Visit our naloxone information page for information on how to get naloxone, types of naloxone, how to administer, updates to Aaron's law which provides a state-wide standing order in IN, and more.