Staggering… the numbers are simply staggering. We hear repeatedly nowadays about the dangers of opioid use and abuse in America. Years ago, that normally meant heroin, methamphetamine, or cocaine addiction. But not anymore. The growing culprit today is not only legal, it's very often prescribed. Check out these statistics from various sources- 91% of poison deaths in Hawaii over a five-year span came from illegal or prescribed drugs. Hawaii sees a drug overdose death almost once every two days- that's 15 people monthly and that's actually 4% better our overdose numbers from two years ago.
80% of heroin users started by misusing prescription drugs. Five years ago, 260-million prescriptions were written in this country for pain-killing opioids- that's enough to supply one bottle to every single adult in America. The U.S. is home to a little less than 5% of the world's population, yet we are responsible for 80% of the world's opioid use- legal and illegal. I always thought we were the tough, cowboy kinda nation, but apparently we experience more pain than any other nation in the world... by far.