The opioid epidemic has been evolving in the United States since the 1990s when increasing amounts of opioids were being prescribed to patients. Overdose deaths have been steadily rising as a result since 1999. However, each state has been affected differently and taken preventative measures to help slow the epidemic. In Texas, the Attorney General has implemented educational and protective measures to keep the public informed and safe. An in-depth look at the statistics in Texas and preventative measures can help you and your loved ones stay safe.
What the Statistics Show
The statistics in Texas as of 2018 have shown a steady rate of opioid-related deaths. While 2018 had a reduction in deaths from 2017, the numbers still remain close. The rates of prescriptions written show a decrease, with 2018 being the lowest number since 2006 when data first became available.
The numbers from 2018 show an evolving opioid crisis in Texas, with:
- 1,402 opioid-involved overdose deaths
- Synthetic opioid-related deaths totaled 358
- Heroin or prescription opioid-related deaths totaled 668
- 47.2% opioid prescriptions were written for every 100 persons
- 35 new cases of acute HCV were reported (2017)
- 205,500 people living with HCV (2017)
President Trump declared a national emergency regarding the opioid epidemic due to the millions of Americans struggling with opioid addiction. Twenty-five cities have been outlined as the top misusers of opioids, with four being in Texas: Texarkana, Amarillo, Odessa, and Longview. The Texas Attorney General has implemented a public awareness initiative entitled Dose of Reality to inform and protect Texans about the national opioid crisis. Lawsuits have been filed against pharmaceutical companies for violating state laws regarding opioids. The hope of this effort is to continually educate, protect, and prevent harm to the public through accessible and accurate information. Over time, more lives will be saved as resources are provided for those struggling to get help.
The opioid epidemic has claimed millions of lives since the first wave hit in the 1990s. Being aware of the numbers, dangers, and preventative measures can help keep you and your loved ones safe. In Texas, the Attorney General has implemented a public awareness initiative regarding the opioid epidemic known as Dose of Reality. If you or a loved one is struggling, reach out to Alta Loma Transformational Services. We have helped numerous men turn their lives around and find hope for a better future. Call us today at (866) 457-3843.