Some Statistics on opiate addiction
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people in the U.S. die after overdosing on opiates every day.
In 2016, there were 2,798 opioid-related overdose deaths in Florida. This represents a rate of 14.4 deaths per 100,000 people, which is a higher prevalence than the 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people nationwide.
In Alabama, there were 343 opioid-related deaths in 2016. This makes for a rate of 7.5 deaths per 100,000 people.
Opiates vs. Opioids
Some drugs blend an opiate with an over-the-counter medicine such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These “partial synthetics” are called opioids.
Like opiates, opioids come in many forms. Common opioids include Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet.
While it might seem like opioids are less dangerous than opiates, this is not true. Some who have died from opioid overdose actually die from the liver toxicity in the blended over-the-counter medicine.