4 Steps for Reducing the Number of Opioid Overdose Deaths By Mike Smeth
In the last 20 years, there have been about 841,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States. This number does not include overdoses that were non-fatal, as most are not reported unless death is the result. Unfortunately, when a person overdoses once and survives, the likelihood that they overdose again is relatively high. Over 70% of reported overdose deaths are related to opioids, whether it be prescription painkillers or heroin.