Opioid-related overdose deaths in Michigan have increased in recent years

Posted at 9:48 AM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 09:48:31-04

Michigan experienced a dramatic increase in the number of opioid-related overdoses in recent years, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said.

Preliminary data showed that of the 2,749 overdose deaths in Michigan in 2017, 1,941 were opioid-related.

There has been a steady increase over overdose deaths in the last three years:

  • In 2017, opioid-related deaths were reported at 1,941
  • In 2016, opioid-related deaths were reported at 1,786
  • In 2015, opioid-related deaths were reported at 1,320

“The opioid epidemic continues to be a national emergency that is impacting every corner of our state and unfortunately overdose deaths have continued to rise,” Calley said. “While we have made progress, we must take our efforts to the next level in both preventing addiction and making sure treatment is available for those suffering so that we can have more second chances and fewer funerals.” 

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