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In Florida, there were over 6,000 opioid-related deaths in just one year.
Preventing Prescription Drug, Opioid and Synthetic Opioid Misuse
Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends, and acquaintances. You can make a difference by following these tips. Learn more.
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Heroin, Synthetic Opioids, and Prescription Drugs
Particularly in Florida, there has been a dramatic increase in deaths related to synthetic opioids (mainly fentanyl) in recent years. Between 2012 and 2017, these deaths jumped more than 1,000 percent (from 162 to 2,126).2
For decades, the number of fatal opioid overdoses nationwide had been steadily increasing, according to numbers from the National Vital Statistics System. But in 2018, the number of overall opioid deaths dropped to 46,802.
Unfortunately, the number of deaths from synthetic opioids - like fentanyl - continues to rise. Between 2017 and 2018, synthetic opioid deaths increased 9%.
Florida Opioid Deaths
In 2017, there were over 3,200 opioid-related deaths in Florida.
There has been a dramatic increase in deaths related to synthetic opioids (mainly fentanyl) in recent years in the state. Between 2012 and 2017, these deaths jumped more than 1,000 percent (from 162 to 2,126).
During the same time period, heroin deaths jumped from 101 to 707 deaths; and deaths from prescription opioids increased from 889 in 2014 to 1,272 deaths in 2017.
1Heroin Overdose Data. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/heroin.html
2Florida Opioid Summary. Source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/florida-opioid-summary
Florida Opioid Summary. Source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/florida-opioid-summary
Opioid misuse is a growing problem in the state of Florida and across the country. Get a few quick facts about the drug problem below.
There were 3,245 opioid-related overdose deaths in Florida in 2017.
- The vast majority of teens do not use heroin. In a 2018 national survey, only 0.4% of 12th graders used heroin in the past year.
- 96.4 percent of 12th graders disapprove of taking heroin occasionally.
- About 165,000 young people between 18 to 25 reported having a heroin use disorder in the past year.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE:
- Prescription opioid analgesics, specifically those containing oxycodone and hydrocodone, are the most common types of prescription drugs that are diverted for misuse and abused.
- Each day in the United States, over 192 people die as a result of a drug overdose.
- In 2017, an estimated 3.2 million people (aged 12 or older) reported current misuse of pain relievers.
- 53% of nonmedical users (12 years or older) reported receiving the prescription drugs they most recently used “from a friend or relative for free.”
- Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine.
- Drug deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (which includes fentanyl) increased almost 47% from 2016 to 2017.
Explore common misconceptions about opioids through the voices of teens. Go to Operation Prevention.
1 Source: "Florida Opioid Summary," National Institute on Drug Abuse. View source here.
2 Source: University of Michigan, 2018 Monitoring the Future Study. View source here.
3 Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2018. View source here.
4 Source: Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. View source here.
5 Source: Prescription Drug Use and Misuse in the United States: Results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2018. View source here.
6 Source: Rudd RA, Seth P, David F, Scholl L. Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 16 December 2016. View source here.
7 Source: “Fentanyl: Illicitly-made fentanyl use is on the rise." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. View source here.
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Need Someone to Talk to?
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has trained professionals to available via phone and online chat to help parents who think their loved one is struggling with addiction. Learn more.
Help for Veterans
Veterans Affairs offers a number of options for those seeking treatment for substance use problems. These options include therapy, either alone with the therapist or in a group, as well as medications to help veterans reduce their use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Learn more on their website.
The mission of Hillsborough County Anti Drug Alliance, Inc. is to promote healthy communities in Hillsborough County free of substance abuse and addiction through education, collaboration and advocacy.
The Manatee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (Drug Free Manatee) was founded in 2001. This coalition develops community partnerships that implement comprehensive, evidence-based environmental strategies to prevent and reduce substance abuse while promoting health and wellness throughout the county, especially among youth.
Mission: To coordinate community efforts to reduce countywide risk factors for addiction, thereby preventing and decreasing substance abuse in a comprehensive and long-term manner that primarily impacts the youth in the community.
LiveFree! Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Pinellas County addresses underage drinking, binge drinking, prescription drug misuse and abuse, marijuana use and other drug use among youth, young adults and adults in Pinellas County.
If you want to get involved in the DEA 360 Strategy you can start by educating yourself on the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, and then share what you have learned with your family, friends, community, neighbors, etc.
Join a coalition or volunteer with a partnering organization.
Properly dispose of prescription drugs.
If you have prescription drugs that have expired or you no longer need you can deposit them into prescription drop-off boxes located in your community.