In 14 years, between 2000 and 2014, the number of Americans who overdosed on opioids quadrupled to 28,647 deaths.
The opioid epidemic affects all of us, regardless if you’re rich or poor, young or old, a high school athlete or a mother of four. In fact, According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 1 in 5 Americans have a family member who’s suffered from addiction to prescription painkillers.
Let’s dig deeper into the opioid state data.
Between 2013 and 2014, fourteen states experienced a significant increase in opioid overdoses: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The highest was North Dakota with an increase of 125% of opioid deaths.
For countless hours, we held hearings and meetings pouring through data and sharing stories of addiction. The House will vote on 18 bills to address the opioid epidemic this week. These bills have support from Republicans and Democrats. Ultimately, we fight to save lives from opioid overdosage and find recovery for those who need it.