The Real National Emergency: Opioid’s

A quick summary of the opioid crisis in the United States: All data collected from The Economist; Issue Feb 23rd 2019.


  • ~50,000 Americans dying each year from opioid overdoses

Highest opioid death rate states: (2017)

  1. West Virginia
  2. Ohio
  3. New Hampshire

Drugs now kill ~70,000 Americans/year. More than motor accident or gun deaths, which are ~39,000 each.

While only 32% of opioid OD’s are from prescription pills, 3/4 heroin users first got hooked on opioids from them. The majority of opioid OD’s are related to either heroin or fentanyl.

An epidemic model estimated that ~500,000 Americans could die from drug overdoses between 2016 and 2025.

Opioid overdoses are twice as likely in whites than in blacks, unlike the crack epidemic in the 1980, 90’s which was primarily a black issue.

The White House Council of Economic Advisers estimated that the total Social Cost of the opioid crises to the country in 2015 was ~$500B, which is equivalent to 2.8% of GDP…. wow

Meanwhile Trump is declaring a National Emergency on border security at a time when border arrests are increasing low


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