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NOPE Task Force – Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education

The Facts

Nearly everyone has been affected by the disease of addiction, either personally or by a family member or friend.

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  • Each day in the United States, approximately 206  people die as a result of a drug overdose. – CDC, 2018
  • Drug overdoses accounted for 72,404 U.S. deaths, including 33,091 (63.1%) that involved an opioid. – CDC, 2018

Prescription Drugs

  • Every day in the US, 2,500 youth (12-17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time -


  • Forty-five percent of those who begin drinking alcohol before the age of 14 become alcohol dependent at some time in their lives, compared with 10% of those who wait at least until age 21. (Source: Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine)
  • In 2015, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 20% of youth aged 12 to 20 years drink alcohol and 13% reported binge drinking in the past 30 days.



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