The Opioid Epidemic

What is an Opioid?

How did this Start?

Opioids is a term that refers to medications or drugs that bind to the opioid receptors in the brain and are commonly known as pain killers.  


Some common opioids are: 

  • oxycodone 

  • heroin 

  • codeine 

  • tramadol 

  • hydromorphone 

  • morphine 

  • fentanyl 

Opioids are meant to typically meant to treat severe acute pain, such as surgery pain or pain from cancer.   

California Data

The California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard provides the most up to date information on overdose deaths, prescriptions, hospital visits, etc.

U.S. Data

Addiction to opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, heroin, is a problem thousands of Americans face today. Use this website to see the effects nationally.  

Drug-Impaired Driving

Marijuana and Opioids Raise Critical Issues for States. 44% of fatally-injured drivers with known results tested positive for drugs, up from 28% just 10 years prior.

San Benito County 2018 Data

Most recent confirmed data is from 2018 due to long waits from tests and confirmation from many sources, such as the hospitals, coroner, medical examiner, etc. Some data from 2019 is available however remains preliminary.  


years old makes up the majority of opioid overdose deaths. Latino and White populations were effected by overdose deaths in San Benito County. 


increase in buprenorphine prescriptions, which is the prescription medication used for treatment of opioid use disorder in 2019.


psychostimulant deaths, unfortunately methamphetamine is a common drug of use in San Benito County and in recent years been associated with increases in drug-related deaths. 


Out of 58 counties in CA for opioid overdose death rate in 2019. Compared to our neighboring counties: Santa Cruz (14th), Santa Clara (45th), Monterey (46th).


Opioid Overdose Deaths. This is a decrease compared to 7 in 2017. 


benzodiazepine deaths, these prescription medications are commonly prescribed and misused. The most common include are Xanax(alprazolam), Ativan(lorazepam), and Valium(diazepam). 


Opioid Prescriptions in San Benito County in 2018. Roughly equates to 440 prescriptions per 1,000 residents.  


Decrease in opioid prescriptions since 2016. First year where San Benito County prescription rate was below the state's average. 

X-Waivered Prescribers. This is an increase of 1 since 2017, however this waiver allows for prescribers to provide medication assisted treatment to patients. We have a large need for more x-waivered prescribers and treatment options within San Benito County.

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Last Updated: 3/9/2021

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