A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Opioid Crisis
This article is an inside look of how pharmacists views the opioid epidemic. It’s every walk of life, there’s no single ‘type’ of opioid user.
- In 2014, more than 60% of drug overdoses in the United States involved an opioid.
- Americans, while making up only 4.6% of the world’s population, have been consuming 80% of the global supply of opioids.
- Over 3500 people started misusing opioid medications for the first time today.
- The majority of prescription opioids that are being misused are coming not from people buying them off the street but from legally written prescriptions.