Carson City Board of Health Mission:
To Protect and Enhance the Public Health and Welfare by Evaluating the Health Needs of the Community, Promoting Health Awareness, and Assessing the Availability of Health-Related Services to Those in Need.
If You Care, Don’t Share
In 2016, 80.7 opioid prescriptions were written per 100 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In California, it’s 44.8 prescriptions per 100 people. These statistics highlight an extreme problem in our state.
Nevada ranks second highest in the U.S. for prescriptions for Hydrocodone (Vicodin & Norco) and second highest for Oxycodone (Percocet & Oxycontin). Nevada has the fourth highest drug overdose death rate in the U.S.
Pain pill abuse often leads to heroin addiction. According to the DEA, 20 percent of all opioid drug abusers are under the age of 30. Each day, 500 of these people become new heroin users.
They often get their start when friends or family members leave their medications accessible. Nearly half of young people surveyed who inject heroin said they abused opioids before starting heroin. Their first opioid pain medication was given to them from a friend or family member.
Understanding the epidemic and data, information for patients and providers
Nevada-Department of Public and Behavioral Health
About the epidemic
Surgeon General’s Report: Executive Summary- Facing Addiction in America
Resource and Referral List
Additional Resources and Information