Michigan has a severe opioid problem, which is not slowing as much as society hoped. So, unfortunately, Michiganders die of overdose regularly. But how bad is the epidemic? What can be done to stop this? We have the answers for you.
Opioid overdoses are sad but a common phenomenon. Whether or not you want to think about it, they are happening as you read. Check out these heart-wrenching statistics.
- In 2018, there were more deaths from drug overdoses in Michigan than in car crashes. The number was 2,599.
- 2,036 deaths were from opioid overdoses alone.
- In 2020, there were 1,191 deaths from synthetic narcotic overdoses (including fentanyl)
- In 2020, there were 447 deaths due to heroin overdose.
We Can Make a Difference
Michigan residents have been tirelessly working to decrease the opioid problem found in the state. Slowly but surely, the numbers are declining, and signs seem to be pointing positively. Here are some numbers to prove it:
- There has been a 22% decrease in opioid prescriptions from 2015-2018
- 323% increase in physicians and pharmacists who signed up to use MAPS to check their patient’s history from 2017-2019.
- 434% increase in the number of times pharmacists/physicians studied patients’ prescription history using MAPS.
It is not easy to fight an addiction. For most people, it is nearly impossible without outside intervention. If you or a loved one suffers from drug addiction, the best thing you can do is stay educated and find help. Click here to find fantastic resources for your use. If addiction has resulted in criminal issues, seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney.