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.
Southern Alabama AHEC partners with West Central Alabama AHEC on the Rural Community Opioid Response Program II and III. The goal of the program is to reduce the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), specifically opioid use disorder (OUD) in high risk rural communities through community education, capacity building, and multi-sector collaborations. The programs cover Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Covington, Escambia, and Monroe Counties in SAAHEC's service area. For more information about the programs, click here.
For more Opioid Resources, click here.