Opioid use in the U.S.

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Statista dossier on opioid use in the U.S.

This dossier presents facts and figures on opioid use in the United States. It includes a brief global overview and provides information on the prevalence of prescription opioid and heroin use and abuse in the U.S. and drug related deaths from such substances.

Table of contents

  • 1. Global overview
    • Global population share of illicit drug use by drug 2016

    • Number of global illicit drug users by drug 2016

    • Number of worldwide users of opioids 2015 and 2016, by region

    • Share of global fentanyl consumption by country 2016

    • Share of global morphine consumption by region 2016

    • Global consumption of major opium alkaloids and derivatives 2010-2016

    • Manufacture of global opium alkaloids and derivatives by type 2010-2016

  • 2. U.S. overview
    • U.S. adults who heard of opioids 2017

    • U.S. adults who blame certain sources for the U.S. opioid epidemic as of 2017

    • Individuals finding it easy to obtain heroin in the U.S. 2002-2017

    • High availability of heroin in U.S. 2010 and 2017, by region

    • Perception of risk from heroin use in the U.S. 2002-2017, by intake frequency

    • U.S. costs due to abuse of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription opioids 2017

  • 3. Heroin use in the U.S.
    • Individuals who consumed heroin during past year in the U.S. 2002-2017

    • Individuals who consumed heroin during the past year in the U.S. 2002-2017, by age

    • Heroin dependence or abuse within past year in the U.S. 2002-2017, by age

    • Individuals starting to consume heroin in the U.S. 2002-2017

    • Individuals starting to consume heroin in the U.S. 2002-2017, by age

  • 4. Opioid use in the U.S.
    • Consumption of opium alkaloids and derivatives by type U.S. 2010-2016

    • Most distributed controlled prescription drugs in the U.S. 2014-2017

    • U.S. adults who took opioids in last 2 years 2017

    • U.S. adults that know someone who abuses opioids as of 2017, by age

    • Reasons for consumption of opioids by U.S. adults 2017

    • Share of long-term opioid users in the U.S. 2006-2015, by pain type

    • Number of patients with at least one opioid prescription U.S. 2014-2017

    • Number of opioid prescriptions U.S. 2014-2017

    • Total opioid prescriptions rate U.S. 2017, by state and type

  • 5. Deaths from opioids in the U.S.
    • Number of heroin overdose deaths U.S. 1999-2017

    • Heroin overdose U.S. death rate 2000-2016

    • Death rate from heroin overdose in the U.S. in 2016, by age

    • Death rate from heroin overdose in the U.S. in 2016, by ethnicity

    • Overdose death rate from heroin U.S. 2016, by state

    • Death rate from opioid overdose in the U.S. in 2016, by state

    • Death rate due to prescription opioid overdose U.S. 2015-2016, by gender

    • Death rate due to prescription opioid overdose U.S. 2015-2016, by age

    • Death rate due to prescription opioid overdose U.S. 2015-2016, by ethnicity

  • 6. Public opinion
    • Seriousness of select substance abuse problems in the U.S. 2016-2018

    • U.S. adults' opinions on opioid accessibility in their communities 2018

    • Perceived effort in select ways to combat opioid addiction in U.S. communities 2018

    • Barriers to effectively combat the opioid epidemic U.S. 2018

    • Support/oppose increased funding for research on opioid addiction U.S. 2018

    • Opioid epidemic negative impact on local economies and job growth U.S. 2018

    • Perceptions of opioid addiction as a disease or character flaw in the U.S. as of 2018

    • Addiction related social stigma among adults in the U.S. as of 2018

  • 7. Miscellaneous
    • Opinion of US adults on opioid epidemic as an expression 2017

    • Number of opioid units sold to retail level purchasers in the U.S. 2006-2017

    • Opioid narcotics dosage units lost in the U.S. 2010-2017

    • U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan taking selected medications 2017

    • Share of U.S. 12th graders who used OxyContin 2002-2017

    • Potential fentanyl profitability compared to heroin in the U.S. as of 2017

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