34 million people use opioids and about 19 million use opiates for MSD relief (Center, 2019; Organisation, 2017).
In 1992 Doctors wrote 112 opioid prescriptions, in 2016 the number of opioid prescriptions had increased to 236 million (Center, 2019; Organisation, 2017).
80% of people suffering from an addiction to heroin started with a prescription for an opioid pain reliever (Organisation, 2018).
In 2015, 118 000 people died (suicide) from opioid use disorders (Organisation, 2018).
In 2016 thousands of pain medication recipients had their doses reduced or eliminated, leaving many patients in perpetual pain — and thus inadvertently ruining, or even ending lives (Kline, 2018).
The problem is now so bad that opioids are killing as many Americans per year, as firearms (Siegel, 2018).
(LAST UPDATE: 11.09.19 BY AUTHOR JO ABBOTT – EXCERPT FROM PHD THESIS: 2019)