El Paso County Public Health will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. El Paso County Public Health will also not be administering tuberculosis skin tests until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Opioid Education and Prevention

What are opioids?

  • Opioids are a type of drug used to reduce pain 
  • Opioids include:
    • Medications that are derived from opioids such as codeine and morphine 
    • Synthetic medications such as fentanyl, suboxone, oxycodone, and methadone
    • Heroin, an illicit (illegally-made) opioid synthesized from morphine

What is the crisis?

  • Opioid abuse is a worldwide issue. The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic.
    • In 2016 there were more than 42,000 deaths related to opioids and 40% of those involved a prescription opioid
    • In 2016, overdose deaths were the number one reason for death in ages 51 and younger in the U.S., overtaking motor vehicle accidents.
      • To put this another way, 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. This is quadrupled from 1999 and continues to rise. 
  • Almost 18 out of every 100 Americans have misused prescription medications (opioids) or used opioids in an illicit form. 
  • This is a community and public health issue that we all have the opportunity to impact. 

What is El Paso County Public Health doing about the crisis?