Taking Action to Prevent Opioid Abuse
From 1999-2016, more than 350,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids. This rise in opioid overdose deaths can be outlined in three distinct waves:
THE FIRST WAVE began with increased prescribing of opioids in the 1980’s with overdose deaths involving prescription opioids (natural and semi-synthetic opioids and methadone) increasing since at least 1999.
THE SECOND WAVE began in 2010, with rapid increases in overdose deaths involving heroin.
THE THIRD WAVE began in 2013, with significant increases in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids — particularly those involving illicitly-manufactured fentanyl (IMF). The IMF market continue to change, and IMF can be found in combination with heroid, counterfeit pills and cocaine. (Ref: CDC)
THE FOURTH WAVE is building right now. (#4thWaveBuilding). Parents, caregivers, grandparents, teens and young adults, community leaders, the recovery community, first responders, healthcare professionals, government, industry and the media are Taking Action to Prevent Opioid Misuse and Abuse. Find out how you and your community can take action now!