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Get the Facts About Opioids

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    Do you know what the most common opioids are? Check out the startling numbers and facts surrounding the opioid epidemic in Michigan. 

What Are Opiods?

What Are Opioids?

  • Icon representing opioidsCommon Opioids

    Opioids include both illegal drugs, such as heroin, and prescription pain medicine. Common opioids include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, methadone and codeine.

  • Icon representing prescriptionSide Effects

    Common side effects of opioids include sedation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, physical dependence, tolerance and respiratory depression.

  • Icon representing painOpioid Uses

    Opioids are prescribed to treat pain. With prolonged use, pain-relieving effects may lessen and pain can become worse. In addition, the body can develop dependence. 

  • Icon representing dangerDangers

    At lower doses, opioids may make you feel sleepy, but higher doses can slow your breathing and heart rate, which can lead to death.

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OPIOIDS IN MICHIGAN: THE FACTS

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    OPIOID EPIDEMIC BY THE NUMBERS

    932

    Babies Exposed to Drugs at Birth

    in 2017 - known as Neonatal Abstinance Syndrome.

    18x

    Increase in  Opioid Overdose Deaths

    in Michigan from the span of 1999-2018, from 115 deaths to 2,036 deaths.

    1,585

    Pharmacies in Michigan Registered

    to dispense Naloxone under the standing order.

    8.4M

    Prescriptions for Painkillers

    were written in 2018, equaling about 85 opioid prescriptions per 100 people.

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    2,599

    Deaths from Drug Overdoses

    in 2018 there were more deaths from drug overdoses than car crashes in Michigan.

    2,036

    Deaths from Opioid Overdoses
    in 2018.

    1,556

    Deaths from Synthetic Narcotic Overdoses
    (Including Fentanyl) in 2018. 

    639

    Deaths from Heroin Overdoses 
    in 2018.

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    22%

    Decrease in Opioid Prescriptions

    from 2015 to 2018.

    323%

    Increase in Physicians & Pharmacists registered to use MAPS

    to check patient history from 2017 to 2019.

    434%

    Increase in times Physicians/Pharmacists checked patient prescription history using MAPS

    since 2016.

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