The Opioid Epidemic
The opioid epidemic has been one of the most troubling and deadly situations the U.S. has faced in history. The prevalent use of opioid prescription drugs became problematic in the 1990s.
Pharmaceutical companies were pushing these drugs and marketing them as safe, effective pain relievers. They weren’t letting doctors or the public know how potentially addictive they were.
It wasn’t until the 2000s that the addictive nature of opioids became common knowledge, and at that point, millions were already abusing and addicted to these drugs.
The opioid epidemic has led to tens of thousands of deaths, and many more overdoses and the development of addictions. Learn more about the opioid epidemic with the following information. Feel free to share the infographic below.