Wednesday, April 24, 2019
CADILLAC — The opioid epidemic has impacted the entire country and Michigan has been significantly affected.
In 2017, 70,237 people died from drug overdose deaths in the United States, an increase of 9.6 percent from 2016. In Michigan, from 2016 to 2017, drug overdose deaths increased by 13.9 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The number of annual opioid-related overdose deaths in the state have more than tripled since 2011, from 622 to 2,053, according to a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services press release.