Rarely a day goes by that we don’t hear a sad story about the impact of opioid abuse or, worse, see its impact on our communities first hand.
The addictive nature of opioids is resulting in a growing epidemic.
Every day, more than 115 people in the U.S. die after overdosing on opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and their analysis of data through 2016. Often prescribed for chronic and acute pain relief, prescription opioids are misused by nearly one third of patients, the CDC noted, and up to 12 percent of patients who receive these prescriptions develop an opioid use disorder. An estimated 2 million Americans will suffer from addiction to prescription or illicit opioids in 2018 alone.