United States opioid epidemic annual cost from 2001 to 2020

In 2017, the opioid epidemic in the United States was estimated to have cost 115 billion U.S. dollars. The annual cost of the opioid epidemic is predicted to rise to just under 200 billion dollars by the year 2020. The cost of the opioid epidemic results from factors such as lost productivity due to fatalities and injuries, health care costs, and criminal justice costs.

Annual cost of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. from 2001 to 2017 and a projection for the year 2020 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

Annual cost in billion U.S. dollars
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Release date

February 2018


United States

Survey time period

2001 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* Constant 2016 U.S. dollars.
** Projection

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