Deaths from overdoses of opiate prescription drugs have reached epidemic proportions. According to current statistics from the CDC, 44 people in the US die every day as a result of overdoses of prescription painkillers. More striking is the fact that over 16,000 people died from opiate analgesic overdoses in 2013, up from 4,000 deaths just 10 years earlier.
Additional data from the CDC also reveals that overdoses from opiate prescriptions quadrupled as sales correspondingly increased during the period from 1999-2010. A link was also established between the supply of opioids and prescription overdose mortality at the state level.