Above: Average Opioid Related Emergency Department visits through 2018.
Above: Average opioid Prescription rates through 2018, excluding Buprenorphine
The Opioid Epidemic: Orange County
Any Opioid-Related Overdose, 2018 Age-Adjusted Annual Death Rates by Zip Code
Data and graphs gathered from the CDPH CA Opioid Surveillance Dashboard
As of January 2019, The Department of Public Health issued an alert regarding the abuse of opioid-based prescriptions. Since 2010, the number of opioid-related drug overdoses has increased significantly. The Department of Public Health suggested some of the most significant ways to avoid opioid abuse it to change the way opioids are prescribed to patients. For example, the current* method is having medical care professionals be able to prescribe prescriptions to the patient, but the new method would be having permission from both the medical care professional and the pharmacist in order for them to prescribe the medication. Overall, this method is heavily supported by many providers saying that this can lower the number of people using opioids and can overall lower the number of people that will be addicted to opioids.
The following graphics show various statistics on the effect of the Opioid Epidemic in Orange County , as of 2018. Further information can be found at the CDPH Opioid Dashboard.