The overdose crisis is national, but the impact is personal.
As the overdose crisis continues to change, we must take a pragmatic, evidence-based approach to saving lives, reducing risk, and removing barriers to effective interventions. This requires that we provide care and services that respect the health and dignity of people who use drugs.
Trends in U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths (1999 - 2019)
The overdose crisis has evolved over time and is now largely characterized by deaths involving illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, and, increasingly, stimulants. Since 1999, the rate of overdose deaths has increased by over 250%.
Psychostimulants with abuse potential (primarily methamphetamine) overdose deaths increased 30-fold
Cocaine overdose increased 4-fold
Rx opioid overdose deaths increased 4-fold
This graph shows the total number of drug overdose deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2019. The data shows that overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids excluding methadone have increased 50-fold, up to over 35,000 in 2019. Overdose deaths involving psychostimulants (primarily methamphetamine) with abuse potential have increased 30-fold, up to over 15,000 in 2019. Overdose deaths involving cocaine have increased 4-fold, up to over 15,000 in 2019. And overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have increased 4-fold, but are on the decline with less than 15,000 in 2019. Source: National Vital Statistics System Mortality File
Overdose Deaths Increased
Drug overdose deaths reached 93,331 in 2020 – the highest number ever recorded.
$11.2 billion in proposed federal funding across HHS
Therefore, the President proposed $11.2 billion for HHS in the FY 2022 budget, a 54 percent increase from the previous year's budget (enacted), to expand access to substance use prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery support services. In addition, there is proposed funding to bolster the nation’s behavioral health infrastructure.