The Facts

Get a few quick facts about the opioid misuse problem nationwide below. 

In Central Ohio:


  • The vast majority of teens do not use heroin. In a 2017 national survey, only 0.4% of 12th graders used heroin in the past year.[1] 
  • 96.4% of 12th graders disapprove of taking heroin occasionally.[1]
  • In 2018, over 526,000 people (12 or older) reported having a heroin use disorder.[2]


  • Prescription opioid analgesics, specifically those containing oxycodone and hydrocodone, are the most common types of prescription drugs that are diverted for misuse and abused.
  • Each day in the United States, over 185 people die as a result of a drug overdose.[3] 
  • In 2018, an estimated 2.9 million people (aged 12 or older) reported past month misuse of opioid pain relievers.[2]  
  • 53% of nonmedical users (12 years or older) reported receiving the prescription drugs they most recently used “from a friend or relative for free.” [4] 



  • Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine.
  • The rates of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (which includes fentanyl) jumped 10% from 2017 to 2018.  [5]


young heroin user

Learn More About the Science of Addiction

Explore common misconceptions about opioids through the voices of teens. Go to Operation Prevention.


1 Source: University of Michigan, 2018 Monitoring the Future Study. View source here.

2Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2018.  View source here.

3 Source: Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 1999–2018. View source here.

4Source: Rudd RA, Seth P, David F, Scholl L. Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 16 December 2016. View source here.

5 Source: Opioid Basics: Fentanyl. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. View source here.


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