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Data from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS) became publicly available from the @washingtonpost. The database tracks every legally sold #opioid pill in the US from manufacture to distribution. #opioidcrisis #painmanagement
The @Washingtonpost analyzed data & looked specifically at hydrocodone (the opioid in Vicodin) and oxycodone (the opioid in Percocet & OxyContin) between 2006-2012.
These opioids alone made up 75% of the total opioids shipped during this period and accounted for 76 BILLION pills. #oxycodone #hydrocodone @JeromeAdamsMD
Between 2006-2012, over a billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills were delivered to #Colorado. In 2017, there were 6.6 deaths per 100,000 people in Colorado that mentioned pharmaceutical opioids, or more than 350 deaths in 2017 alone. @pweiser @jaredpolis @corxconsortium
In 2015, 2 million Americans had a substance use disorder related to prescription opioids. While only a small percentage of prescription #opioid users move on to #heroin, 80% of people who begin to use heroin started with a prescription opioid. #opioidcrisis
According to the CDC, the death rate due to synthetic opioids like fentanyl, which is being increasingly found alone or in combination with heroin, increased by over 1000% between 2011 and 2017.
For anyone who would like to examine the DEA database, here’s the link washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/…
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