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Reducing harms associated with alcohol and substance use is one of seven priority areas from Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. Progress is updated annually. Get the 2017 Progress Report for this priority or view current data highlights below.
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Deaths associated with both prescription and non-prescription opioids (e.g. heroin) are among the leading causes of injury death in Oregon.
The number of opioid-related deaths has markedly increased over the last 15 years.
Excessive alcohol use has significant impacts on individual and family health and well-being, and affects broader social and economic issues such as public safety and worker productivity.
Excessive alcohol use, including underage and binge drinking, can increase a person’s risk of developing serious health problems such as brain and liver damage, heart disease, cancer, fetal damage in pregnant women and premature death. It is a risk factor for injuries, violence, unintended pregnancy and motor vehicle crashes.
This chart shows the rate of death due to a prescription opioid related overdose is decreasing.
Data source: Oregon Vital Statistics
This chart shows the number of fatal crashes involving a driver who had been drinking is increasing.
Data source: Oregon Department of Transportation
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