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July 2017 Washtenaw County Opioid Report

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.

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