The U.S. has an addiction problem, but its problem is more complicated than many believe.
For the past few decades, addiction has been a chronic, long-term problem that often goes untreated.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 2.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with substance use disorders, including heroin and prescription drugs.
A recent national survey by the Pew Research Center found that nearly half of all Americans report having used prescription drugs in the past year.
Yet a majority of Americans also believe that they have used a drug for nonmedical purposes, which is a problem when it comes to prescribing opioids.
The truth is that the majority of prescription drug abuse happens without prescription, and that’s the reason why the opioid epidemic is so deadly.
As long as there is a market for drugs like opioids, there will be an outlet for those who use them.
But with prescription drug users struggling to get access to the medicines they need to control their symptoms, the problem of opioid abuse has become a national public health crisis.
It’s an epidemic that has led to millions of Americans dying each year from overdoses of prescription opioids.
While the public health community has been trying to get more attention to the problem, it’s the pharmaceutical industry that has taken the lead in the opioid abuse epidemic.
The opioid epidemic began in the early 2000s, when the drug was first prescribed for pain relief and addiction treatment.
Today, the opioid is used by an estimated one in 10 Americans and the number of people dying from opioid overdoses is projected to double within the next 20 years.
In the last 10 years, the number inpatient hospitalizations and emergency department visits due to opioid-related complications has increased from about 600,000 per year in 2004 to more than 3 million in 2010.
A new report from the U.K.-based Institute for Fiscal Studies found that the number and type of opioids prescribed by the pharmaceutical and retail companies have tripled in the last decade.
According the report, between 2005 and 2012, the United Kingdom’s prescription opioid supply rose by more than 600 percent.
Meanwhile, prescription drug prices skyrocketed from around $12 per pill to more like $400 per pill.
As a result, the cost of prescription drugs increased by over $1 trillion over that same time period.
Over the past decade, opioid-dependent Americans have lost an estimated 100,000 jobs due to the epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2016, there were over 1.2 million opioid overdose deaths.
The United States is currently on track to have one of the highest rates of opioid overdose in the world, with an estimated 300,000 people dying every day from the drug.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports that the average prescription opioid overdose death rate is 6.7 per 100,00 people.
According in the Centers, prescription opioids are the leading cause of overdose death for both adults and children under 18.
The majority of people who are prescribed opioids are men, and they account for over 75 percent of those who die from opioid-induced deaths.
Many of these deaths are due to fentanyl, which has become increasingly popular as the drug of choice among drug abusers.
It is unclear what role, if any, opioids played in the overdose deaths of these people.
Despite the rise in overdoses and the high rates of prescription painkillers, the government has been slow to address the issue of opioid addiction.
There has been no national overdose prevention strategy for decades.
In fact, the Obama administration has had an opioid-specific strategy, but that has been largely ineffective.
The White House has said that the only way to combat the opioid crisis is to expand access to alternative treatments, such as methadone, which can be prescribed to people who need it.
However, despite the opioid pandemic, many states have not made significant changes to their laws.
According an analysis by the National Association of State Drug Courts, only 14 states have passed legislation to address addiction to opioids.
In Texas, which had the highest rate of overdose deaths per capita of any state in the country, there are only four state laws specifically addressing opioid addiction: the Compassionate Use Act, the Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Act, and the Prescription Drug Abuse and Prevention Act.
These four laws have proven ineffective at combating opioid addiction, as they only target the prescription opioid market and do not provide a comprehensive solution for opioid addiction or addiction to any other drugs.
The most recent proposal to address opioid addiction would allow individuals to seek treatment from a licensed doctor for up to five years if they have a prescription for opioids.
This legislation would also make it easier for people to seek help for opioid dependency.
The bill has been opposed by some advocates who say that the law would allow people with a prescription to continue abusing the drugs, which would further worsen the epidemic.
In addition, there is no evidence to show that people who have been prescribed opioids will stop