The Epidemic within the Pandemic- Opioid Crisis Tampa Bay


Opioid-related deaths would rank 9th among leading causes of death tracked by the CDC if reported separately from the category “unintentional injury” ix . The Tampa Bay Region fares worse than Florida and the United States when it comes to the rate of fatal opioid overdoses. Other key points include:

• 77% of all fatal overdoses involve opioids in the Tampa Bay Region. This is on par with national (70%) and state (77%) trendsx .

• Opioids overdoses are one of the few overdoses that are quickly reversible and need not be fatal. • While suspected non-fatal, non-opioid overdoses continue to drop in the Tampa Bay region from 5,883 in 2016 to 5,057 in 2019, nonfatal opioid overdoses have spiked from 3,039 in 2016 to 4,514 in 2019xi .

• In our region, someone visits an Emergency Department for a non-fatal opioid overdose every 2 hours and 15 minutesxii.

• In the Tampa Bay region, the opioid epidemic resulted in 33,288 - 35,201 fewer workers participating in the regional economy in 2015 and cost the region between $25.1 billion and $26.5 billion in economic outputxiii.

• Fatal overdoses in Florida have had an actual increase of 43% and a projected increase of 59% since the COVID-19 Pandemic beganxiv.

• In recent years, the increase in rates of fatal opioid overdoses of Black non-Hispanic and Hispanic Floridians, respectively, have outpaced the rate of increase in fatal opioid overdoses of White nonHispanic Floridians. Recent reports issued by the CDC mirror these findings but on the national level xv.

• The opioid epidemic in the US exceeded $1 trillion in costs between 2001 and 2016xvi.