Get the Facts


Reported Fact:
“80 percent of current heroin users reported that they began with prescription opioids”
ATIP Rating: Misleading
Reality:
The statement was true in 2013. However, in 2005, only 8.7% of heroin abuse started with heroin, but this sharply increased to 33.3% in 2015. The use of commonly prescribed opioids, oxycodone and hydrocodone, dropped from 42.4% and 42.3% of opioid initiators, respectively, to 24.1% and 27.8% in 2015. Heroin is an initiating opioid more frequently now that either oxycodone or hydrocodone.


Reported Fact:
“There were over 60,000 overdose deaths in 2016 from Opioids”
ATIP Rating: False
Reality:
There were over 60,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016, of those deaths 14,400 were from prescription opioids. 18,200 of the deaths did not involve either prescription nor illicit opioids. The 60,000 number includes opioids, illegal drugs (all types) and over the counter medications such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen.  The statement is both incorrect and misleading.