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In the midst of the opioid epidemic, communities across the country face increased demands for prevention and substance use services.

  • Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999 (CDC, 2016).
  • In 2014 there were more than 14,000 deaths involving prescription opioids (an increase in this category of 693 since 2013), equivalent to about 40 deaths per day (CDC, 2016).
  • Approximately 52 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime as of 2011 (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2014)

Governor-Led Initiatives to Address Opioid Epidemic

In an attempt to curb the opioid epidemic, governors in many states have initiated their own programs to address this issue while also supporting initiatives produced by state agencies and legislatures.

This map provides a listing of these initiatives by state with appendices that provide further detail, including citations when you click on an individual state. Click the map below for detailed information.


Drug Use Trends

Quest Diagnostics developed an interactive state-by-state map of drug use trends, based on the 3.9 million de-identified test results performed for patients by Quest Diagnostics.