Get the facts

Get the Facts

There is an opioid crisis in America that is killing our youth. According to the CDC, a total of 841,000 people have died from a drug overdose since 1999 (in the past 22 years, since Megan was born). In 2017 alone, 70,000 people died from a drug overdose. In 2018, we lost another 67,367 people to a drug overdose. And, more than 30% of those were 25 or under. Further, opioids are the cause of 70% of those deaths (46,802).

The drug overdose numbers for 2019 were released. Unfortunately the news is not good. In fact, they are going the wrong direction and set a new record in 2019. Drug overdose deaths in 2019 increased by 4.8% to 70,980 from 67,367 in 2018. And, of those, 71% (50,042) involved opioids.

Currently, we are losing 197 of our children, siblings and loved ones per day. This is outrageous and should not be allowed, normalized or accepted. There is no better time than now to get involved – together we can save lives.

References:

The Drug Overdose Epidemic: Behind the Numbers

Drug overdose deaths jump in 2019 to nearly 71,000, a record high, CDC says