Pain Data and Statistics

A few facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Opioid Prescribing

  • An increase in opioid prescribing is a key factor in the increase of prescription overdoses.
  • In 2012, healthcare providers in some states prescribed far more opioids than those in other states. The northeast, especially Maine and New Hampshire, had the most prescriptions per person for long-acting and high-dose opioids.
  • Healthcare providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioids in 2012, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills.
  • Each day, 46 people die from an overdose of opioids in the United States.

Opioid Overdose Among Women

  • Opioid overdoses are an under-recognized and growing problem for women.
  • Although men are still more likely to die of opioid overdoses (more than 10,000 deaths in 2010), the gap between men and women is closing. Deaths from opioid overdoses among women have increased more than 400% since 1999, compared to a 265% increase among men.
  • For every woman who dies of an opioid overdose, 30 go to the emergency department for opioid misuse or abuse.
  • Women between the ages of 25 and 54 are more likely than other age groups to go to the emergency department from opioid misuse or abuse.
  • Women ages 45 to 54 have the highest risk of dying from an opioid overdose.

Methadone Use and Abuse

  • Methadone contributed to nearly 1 in 3 opioid deaths in 2009.
  • About 5,000 people die every year of overdoses related to methadone.
  • Six times as many people died of methadone overdoses in 2009 than a decade before.
  • More than 30% of opioid deaths involve methadone, even though only 2% of opioid prescriptions are for this drug.


Reference: CDC.gov (www.cdc.gov) is your online source for credible health information and is the official website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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