A Recent Report Reveals a New Record of Opioid-related Overdose Deaths in Michigan


According to a recent report, which was published by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the number of deaths that were caused by the overdose of opioids in 2017 in Michigan reached a new record. On the other hand, an increase rate of such cases has dropped compared to the last year.

The increase of opioid-related overdose deaths has slowed down

The officials stated in their report, in which a preliminary data was used, that out of the total amount of 2,729 overdose deaths a shocking number of 1,941 were caused by opioids. They also added that the recorded increase of such cases reached 9 per cent over last year, which means that the year-over-year increase of deaths related to opioids has slowed down. In recent years this number was growing from one year to another, from 27 per cent between 2014 and 2015 to 35 per cent between 2015 and 2016.

The current opioid epidemic requires even more attention

In his prepared statement, a lieutenant governor Brian Calley said that the ongoing “opioid epidemic continues to be a national emergency that is impacting every corner of our state and unfortunately overdose deaths have continued to rise.” According to him, the officials need to increase their efforts in preventing opioid addictions and ensuring that the most efficient treatment is used to help all those who suffer from this deadly addiction, so that there will be “more second chances and fewer funerals”.

Wayne County records the highest number of opioid overdose deaths

When it comes to specific counties, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services mentions that the highest numbers of opioid-related overdose deaths were recorded in Wayne County (573), Macomb County (285), Genesee County (152), Kent County (104) and Ingham County (64).


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