Drug Overdose Facts & Statistics

What are the facts?



  • According to the Federal CDC, drugs were the 9th leading cause of death in the US in 2013.
  • Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of drug related accidental deaths.
  • Prescribed Opioid analgesics such as Morphine, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Darvon, Opana, Demerol and Dilaudid cause the most overdoses.
  • Opioid analgesics are depressants that relieve pain, but in higher doses repress breathing and may lead to death.
  • Many Opioid overdoses occur in the presence of other individuals, but often no medical assistance is sought.
  • Naloxone is an Opioid overdose prevention reversal agent that is marketed under the Trade name, NARCAN.
  • Naloxone, used as an antidote, may be administered in two forms: by injection in the upper arm or thigh, or by nasal spray.
  • Naloxone will NOT work for non-opioid sedating drugs or stimulants—but will do no harm.