Alabama's Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is a public health and economic crisis that is eroding the quality of life for Alabama residents. Between 2006 - 2014, there were 5,128 overdose deaths in Alabama. The CDC indicated prescription opioids and heroin accounted for the majority of deaths.


  • 343 opioid-related overdose deaths in Alabama -- a rate of 7.5 deaths per 100,000 persons--nearly half the national rate of 13.3 deaths

  • 2 Alabama Congressional districts ranked among the top 5 in the nation in prescription painkillers (4th district -  #1 and 1st district - #5)



  • Alabama ranked 1st in the nation for the number of painkiller prescriptions per capita (107.2 per 100 people, national average: 58.7 per 100 people

In August 2017, Governor Kay Ivey established the Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council to combat Alabama's opioid crisis. Click here to view the State action plan.

Click here to view Southern Alabama's AHEC Opioid brochure.



Opiate Hotline


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:




More Information


For more Opioid Resources, click here.



Updated 7/23/20