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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)

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.