The Evolution of a Drug Overdose Infographic America is in the midst of a serious drug abuse epidemic, with drug overdose deaths on the rise. This infographic traces the astounding growth of the opioid crisis that continues to plague our nation. In 2017, 68 percent of the 70,200 overdose\u00a0deaths involved an opioid. The following infographic and linked articles provide insights on driving factors in the evolution of this public health crisis \u2013 from chronic pain to drug addiction. What often begins with\u00a0prescription opioid use for pain\u00a0far too often evolves into misuse and a clinically diagnosable opioid use disorder. Some people who take opioid pain relievers\u00a0turn to heroin\u00a0and other illicit drugs when they can no longer obtain legal prescriptions. Moreover, people frequently abuse several prescription and illicit drugs concurrently and drink\u00a0excessive amounts of alcohol, which further increases the risk of death.As the infographic indicates, prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl have been in the spotlight, however, other illicit and prescription drugs are implicated in some of these\u00a0overdose deaths. These are\u00a0preventable tragedies. Many people have loved ones suffering through addiction and this puts a human face on these statistics. If you or someone you care for are facing addiction,\u00a0reach out for help\u00a0today.