Opioid overdoses increased 30% from July 2016 through September 2017 in 45 U.S. states

  • More than 115 people in the US die everyday due to overdosing on opioids.
  • $78.5 billion a year – the “economic burden” from prescription opioid misuse in the U.S. alone.
    • These costs include healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
  • In 2015, more than 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose.
    • These included prescription opioids, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl.
    • Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid.
  • In 2015, an estimated 2 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers.
  • In 2015, 591,000 people in the United States suffered from a heroin use disorder.
  • In 2017 fentanyl surpassed heroin as the major cause of drug intoxication deaths in Maryland.


What you need to know about Fentanyl:

  • Fentanyl is estimated to be 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin.
  • It is critical that those who may decide to administer first aid understand that even small amounts of fentanyl can be fatal if ingested or inhaled.
  • The risk of exposure to fentanyl is massive.
    • Someone providing emergency aid to a victim that uses fentanyl may come in contact with the drug through body fluids such as vomit.  Fentanyl remains potent even when mixed with gastric acid.
    • Fentanyl residue from clothing or surroundings can pose a risk of exposure by rubbing an eye or scratching a nose.


Unfortunately, employers are being left with the burden of addressing the severity of the drug addiction problem in their workforce.


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