♦ Colorado's rate of death from drug overdoses is significantly higher than the national average, and almost doubled between 2002-2014, according to the Colorado Health Institute. In 2014, there were 899 deaths from drug overdoses.
♦ Colorado drug-related death rate has risen from 9.7 per 100,000 to 16.3 per 100,000 residents over the 2002-2014 time period
♦ Between 2012-2015, 434 confirmed overdose deaths in El Paso County.
♦ In 2014, the drug overdose death rate for El Paso County was between 16.1-18.0 (per 100,000 residents) (severity rating of 9 out of 11)
♦ Estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012 and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.
♦ Drug use is on the rise in this country and 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs. That's approximately one in every 10 Americans over the age of 12 – roughly equal to the entire population of Texas. But only 11 percent of those with an addiction receive treatment