Nearly All of the World’s Opioid Supply is Used in the United States

CNBC reports that 80 percent of the world’s opioid supply is used in the United States, despite the fact that Americans only make up five percent of the world’s population. According to professor Vikesh Singh of the Pancreatitis Center at Johns Hopkins University, the figure goes up to 95 percent if Canada and Eastern Europe are included. This consumption of opioids is primarily in the form of pain medication, which indicates that Americans consume more pain drugs than any other population around the world.

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 37 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 36 years. Steve Lipsky on Google Plus