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The Facts

 

  • In Milwaukee County alone, there were 255 drug-related deaths last year [1]
  • Over 14 years, Wisconsin had a 600% increase in heroin related overdose deaths[2]
 

Heroin Abuse:

  • 1 in 5 high school seniors know how to get heroin easily.
  • The vast majority of teens do not use heroin. In a 2016 national survey, only 0.3% of 12th graders used heroin in the past year.[3] 
  • 95.5 percent of 12th graders disapprove of taking heroin occasionally.[3]
  • Recent trends indicate that heroin use is increasing among young adults aged 18 to 25. In 2015, over half a million people (12 or older) reported having a heroin use disorder.[4]
     

Prescription Drug Abuse:

  • Prescription opioid analgesics, specifically those containing oxycodone and hydrocodone, are the most common types of prescription drugs that are diverted for misuse and abused.
  • Each day in the United States, over 144 people die as a result of a drug overdose.[5] 
  • In 2015, an estimated 3.8 million people (aged 12 or older) reported current misuse of pain relievers.[4]  
  • 53% of nonmedical users (12 years or older) reported receiving the prescription drugs they most recently used “from a friend or relative for free.”[6] 

 


1 Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, http://fox6now.com/2016/03/16/an-alarming-number-milwaukee-co-m-e-releas...

2 Wisconsin Department of Health Services; Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services P-01129 10/2015

3 Source: University of Michigan, 2016 Monitoring the Future Study. View source here.

4 Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2016.  View source here.

5 Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015 . View source here.

6 Source: Prescription Drug Use and Misuse in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2016.  View source here.