As per a report by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, more than 2 million people in the United States are suffering from opioid addiction. In fact, approximately 130 people in the US die from opioid overdose every single day. The number is disturbing and it is expected to grow significantly in the next few years.
The addiction and misuse of opioids along with heroin, prescription pain relievers, synthetic opioids like fentanyl is a severe national crisis that has affected millions of people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Estimates, the complete economic burden of opioid drug addiction accounts for more than $78.5 billion every year including criminal justice involvement, addiction treatment, lost productivity, and the costs of healthcare.
Some facts about opioid addiction:
Approximately 21 to 29% patients who were given opioids for chronic pain problem ended up misusing them
Around 8 to 12% people have the tendency to develop an opioid use disorder
Roughly 4 to 6% who abuse opioids make a shift to heroin quickly
Approximately 80% of patients who got involved in heroin usage were misusing opioids in the first place.