Why is the Drug Summit Important?
- The U.S. makes up about 5% of the world’s population and consumes over 95% of the world’s hydrocodone products.
- From 1999 to 2016, more than 630,000 people in the U.S. died from a drug overdose.
In 2016, the number of overdose deaths in the U.S. involving opioids (including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl) was 5 times higher than in 1999. www.CDC.gov
- In 2016, at 1.07 prescriptions per persons, MS had the 4th highest opioid prescription rate in the country, preceded only by AL, AR, and TN.
- In six years, the total number of prescriptions for opioid analgesics in Mississippi reached 19,802,910.
- During 2016 there were 348 reported drug overdose deaths in Mississippi. Opioids, including prescription opioids, illicit fentanyl, heroin, and methadone, were involved in 172 (49.4%) cases.
- We need a comprehensive plan involving all relevant parties: parents, educators, policy makers, opinion leaders, stake holders, media, physicians, pharmacists, counselors, law enforcement, clergy.
- We must decriminalize addiction and move toward a treatment model for the abusers of opioids and heroin.
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