According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 174 Americans die each day from a drug overdose. For the 12 month period ending June 2017, CDS reported that 66,817 individuals died from a drug overdose. The United States saw an increase in drug overdose deaths of 21 percent between 2015 and 2016.

The Surgeon General reports that 300,000 people nationwide reported using heroin during the last year and 2 million Americans had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers in 2015.

In New Jersey, in 2016, 2,000 residents died of a drug overdose – more than from guns, car accidents, and suicides combined.

The Costs

Over 92,100 children were placed in the foster care system in the fiscal year 2016, whose removal from the home was associated with circumstances involving parents’ substance use.

The opioid crisis cost $504 billion in 2015.

The News

Nationally, from 1996 to 2014, 26,500 overdoses were reversed using Naloxone by lay people.