Opioid Crisis Task Force
From 1999-2017, almost 400,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids
The Opioid Crisis
In the United States, it is estimated that nearly 100 million people suffer from some form of chronic pain, costing the country as much as $630 billion each year. The most common treatment for both acute and chronic pain are prescription opioids. Unfortunately, this treatment plan has led to the upsurge of inappropriate prescribing and usage of these medications, a key contributing factor in fueling the addiction and overdose epidemic. Since 2000, the rate of overdose deaths involving opioid pain relievers and heroin has increased by roughly 200%. Due to this drastic development, MedTest Dx assembled key solutions for automated Drugs of Abuse screening. MedTest Dx provides a line of high quality and economical friendly automated clinical chemistry analyzers, along with the most comprehensive line of open channel drugs of abuse reagents.
What are Opioids?
Natural or synthetic chemicals that interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain, and reduce the intensity of pain signals and feelings of pain. This class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain medications available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others. Opioid pain medications are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a health care professional, but because they produce euphoria in addition to pain relief, they can be misused.
Deaths per Day from an Opioid Overdose*
People per Hour Die Due to an Opioid Overdose*