The opioid (narcotic) epidemic has been in the news lately. Last year, almost 30,000 people died from opioid overdoses. Of these overdoses, 15,000 were from legal prescription opioids.
Of all opioids, 80 percent are consumed in the United States. The United States makes up 5 percent of the world’s population.
Narcotics are a $24 billion market worldwide.
Approximately 80 percent of the global opioid supply is consumed in the United States.
American’s consume 99% of hydrocodone (Vicodin) in the world.
Florida uses 80% of the world’s supply of oxycodone (other names of oxycodone include Roxicodone, Percocet, and Oxycontin).