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80 percent (teal color) of new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers
Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.1 The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.
38.7 percent (purple color) of young adults aged 18 to 25 were past year users of illicit drugs
In 2018, an estimated 164.8 million people aged 12 or older
in the United States (60.2 percent of US population) were past month substance
users (i.e., tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drugs).