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Opioid use in the US far exceeds any other major country’s

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The opioids epidemic that’s ravaged the US in recent years goes far beyond what’s registered in any other populous country.

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Americans took almost 48,000 daily opioid doses per million people between 2013 and 2015. That’s 50% higher than Germany, which placed second with over 30,000 daily doses.

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That number only includes the legal use of opioids: drugs such as morphine, oxycodone, and fentanyl, not heroin.

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Physicians are part of the problem. Doctors in the US prescribed one daily dose of opioids for every 20 patients during that same two-year period. In Japan, it was one daily dose for every 800.

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