Siskiyou County Data
Siskiyou County experienced 7 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2020.
From 2018 – 2020, there has been a 38% decrease in opioid prescriptions written in Siskiyou county.
Between 2015 – 2022, the number of prescribers certified to prescribe buprenorphine increased from 1 to 18.
Between 2018 – 2020, there was a 25% increase in buprenorphine prescribing, which indicates an increase in medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Since 2020, during the COVID pandemic, opioid overdose deaths have increased nationwide. The overall death rate nationwide from opioid overdose continues to rise due to the increases in the use of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, which is 80-100 times stronger than morphine.
* Among deaths with drugs overdose as the underlying cause, the any opioid subcategory was determined by the following ICD-10 multiple cause-of-death codes: natural and semi-synthetic opioids (T40.2), methadone (T40.3), other synthetic opioids (other than methadone) (T40.4, or heroin (T40.1). Source: Center for Disease Control and Preventions, National Center for Health Statistics. Multiple Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, release 12/2021.
Buprenorphine prescriptions help gauge the expansion of medicated-assisted treatment (MAT) in Siskiyou county.
The number of residents on dosages that put them at risk for overdose have dropped significantly.