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.