Drug-Related Overdoses



For decades, the number of fatal opioid overdoses nationwide had been steadily increasing, according to numbers from the National Vital Statistics System. But in 2018, the number of overall opioid deaths dropped to 46,802.

Unfortunately, the number of deaths from synthetic opioids - like fentanyl - continues to rise. Between 2017 and 2018, synthetic opioid deaths increased 9%.1


Florida Opioid Deaths

In 2017, there were over 3,200 opioid-related deaths in Florida. Florida opioid deaths chart

There has been a dramatic increase in deaths related to synthetic opioids (mainly fentanyl) in recent years in the state. Between 2012 and 2017, these deaths jumped more than 1,000 percent (from 162 to 2,126).

During the same time period, heroin deaths jumped from 101 to 707 deaths; and deaths from prescription opioids increased from 889 in 2014 to 1,272 deaths in 2017.2

1Source: Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States (1999-2018), National Vital Statistics System

2Florida Opioid Summary. Source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/florida-opioid-summary