Statistics on Drug Addiction
Drug abuse and addiction cause a great deal of suffering to victims and their families. Especially with the recent rise in opioid addiction, drug abuse is a leading cause of mortality in Florida and across the nation. Here, we’ll walk you through some of the recent numbers on drug addiction in Florida and Miami-Dade County.
Making Sense of the Numbers
Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury-caused death in the United States. In the Miami-Dade area, there are 8.0 deaths per 100,000 thousand people. With a population of around 2.75 million people, that means there are about 220 deaths due to drug overdose every year in Miami-Dade County. This rate, although far too high, is actually much lower than that of most U.S counties. Unfortunately, the rate has been going up over the past decade.
The death rate from drugs in Florida as a whole is 17.4 deaths per 100,000 people and 16.9 deaths per 100,000 people in the United States as a whole. At 8.0 per 100,000, Miami-Dade’s rate is around half that of Florida and the United States.
Opioid Crisis in Florida
The opioid crisis has hard hit the nation, and Florida and the Miami-Dade are no exception. There were over 5,000 opioid-related deaths in 2017 in the state of Florida, and 60 opioid prescriptions written per 100 people. Unfortunately, the number of deaths throughout the state has increased significantly over the past five years, as Florida and the rest of the nation struggles to address the growing opioid epidemic that continues to claim lives at an alarming rate.
Drug addiction can be dangerous, even fatal. That’s why it’s important to try to get out when you can. At 7th Light, we give you the resources and the support so that you can beat your addiction. By working with other users who are also fighting for a better life, you’ll be surrounded by people who know what it’s like. With the right group, we believe you can beat your addiction and take back control of your life.