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How big is the opioid problem in the US?

Posted: 07 Nov, 2016     Replies: 2

On an average day in the U.S.

* More than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are dispensed
* 3,900 people initiate non-medical use of prescription opioids,
* 580 people initiate heroin use
* 78 people die from an opioid-related overdose

Economic Impact of the Opioid Epidemic:
* 55 billion in health and social costs related to prescription opioid abuse each year
* 20 billion in emergency department and inpatient care for opioid poisonings

Source US Department of Health and Human Services (2016)

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Christina Congdon Replied at 10:27 PM, 10 Nov 2016

Mr. Bauer- Do you happen to have any articles or websites with information which break down the economic impact of the opioid epidemic? I would be curious to see how the US Department of Health and Human Services comes to these numbers, as I believe the health implications, such as kidney and liver damage, from long term use of opioids with acetaminophen has extensive costs as well as the amount spent on law enforcement to try to end the illegal distribution of opioids which may not be accounted for.

Svetlana Kudryshova Replied at 3:25 AM, 13 Nov 2016

In order that there was no drug problem, need:
1. Return to the path of the human universe and faith
2. To ensure proper nutrition of people, without chemical additives, kills the metabolism
3. Allow the peaceful existence and development of every human being, etc.
Only then man would not make sense to get away from reality.
It's my opinion.

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