The United States for Non-Dependence: An Analysis of the Impact of Opioid Overprescribing in America takes an in depth look at the opioid epidemic and impact of overprescribing. The research, conducted by the QuintilesIMS Institute, validates that we’ve reached a tipping point when it comes to opioid use and misuse. In fact, as a result of overprescribing, in 2016, 3.3 billion pills were left unused by patients, making them available for potential diversion or misuse – that’s enough for almost half of the entire world’s population to have one pill each.
The findings also revealed the threat opioids pose to women, as 40 percent more women than men become persistent opioid users following surgery. This provides further evidence that surgery has become an unintentional gateway to the opioid epidemic.