While young adults ages 18-25 have the highest rates of drug use across the board, drug use among adults ages 26-49 is on the rise.
The nation remains in a prescription and illicit opioids crisis, as 81,230 drug overdose deaths occurred in the U.S.—the highest single year ever reported—in the 12 months ending in May 2020, most of the overdose deaths involved a prescription or illicit opioid.
Overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids (like fentanyl), have increased over six times since 1999.
Overdoses involving opioids killed nearly 50,000 people in 2019, and nearly 73% of those deaths involved synthetic opioids.
Nearly 841,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose.
Over 70% of drug overdose deaths in 2019 involved an opioid.