Currently, the leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S. is drug overdoses. More than 6 out of 10 overdose deaths involve an opioid. Approximately, 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The United States is currently in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic.
Data collected by tracking overdose deaths and hospital visits can assist in determining the distribution of drug misuse in the community and the prevalence of drug use by age, race, ethnicity, sex, or income. Additionally, tracking data are useful for developing prevention and intervention services and then for evaluating the implemented programs.