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Get The Facts About Opioids

The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, with overdoses killing nearly 47,000 people per year. An opioid can be a prescription drug, often referred to as painkillers, or an illicit substance, such as heroin. Find out more about the opioid epidemic in Michigan.

Opioid Epidemic by the Numbers

Since 2000, opioid overdose deaths have grown ten-fold in Michigan. This epidemic impacts thousands of Michiganders and their families, friends, and communities. It’s one of the greatest public health crises of our lifetimes, and we must respond urgently.

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.

Graph showing deaths by overdose; 2000-2017.

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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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