The Opioid Epidemic In Missouri

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The Opioid Epidemic In Missouri

The fastest growing drug problem across the U.S. and Missouri is the misuse and abuse of opioid-based pain relievers.

  • In 2017, more than 47,500 Americans died from an opioid-related overdose. This marked a 165 percent increase since 2008 — more than double in a decade.
  • In 2017, there were 954 deaths from motor vehicle accidents and 957 deaths from opioid overdoses in Missouri. This marked the first year that opioids claimed more lives than traffic
    accidents in the state.
  • On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. This equates to one Boeing 737 crashing with no survivors – every day.

Missouri is the only state in the nation without a robust statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). A robust PDMP is an important tool in fighting the opioid and substance abuse challenges in Missouri. A PDMP could help Missouri by…

  • improving patient care
  • identifying and reducing “doctor shopping”
  • improving health outcomes by reducing overdoses and deaths
  • reducing drug and medical costs related to inappropriate prescribing
  • assisting in substance use treatment and drug abuse prevention