July 2017 Washtenaw County Public Health Opioid Report
The most recent Washtenaw County Opioid Report is available at http://bit.ly/OpioidReportJuly2017.
The report provides timely information on opioid-related overdoses and deaths occurring among Washtenaw County residents. A few of the highlights include:
· 25% to 30% of opioid related overdoses for Washtenaw County residents result in death.
· Fewer opioid overdoses for Ann Arbor zip codes’ residents compared to Ypsilanti zip codes, but higher case fatality rate
· Black/African American Washtenaw County residents who were admitted to an emergency department for opioid related overdoses are likely to be older compared to Whites.
· As injection drug use accelerates the pace and severity of opioid addiction, it is important that we continue to monitor injection drug use.
· Washtenaw 18 -49 year old Washtenaw county residents who have injected drugs are more likely to:
- Have inadequate social support
- Poor mental health
- Serious suicidal thoughts
- Identify as gay or bisexual
- Not receive needed mental health care,
compared to those Washtenaw county adults who do not identify as ever injecting drugs.
· Seven percent of Washtenaw county middle school students identify having ever used a needle to inject illicit drugs.