Painkiller Use by Americans

United States citizens consume 80 percent of the world’s entire supply of prescription pain relief pills, a total of over 110 tons of opiates.

The abuse of prescription drugs in the United States leads to 14,800 deaths each year, a death toll higher than the number of deaths from cocaine and heroin combined.

Source:  Michael Zennie, “Americans consume EIGHTY percent of the world’s pain pills as prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes,” Daily Mail, May 10, 2012.