Earth & Conservation

The U.S. Consumes Nearly All Opioids In The World

Claiming thousands of lives in the U.S., the drug crisis has grown out of control. So just how did America's opioid epidemic get so bad?

An opioid epidemic has swept through the United States over the past two decades. Nearly 30,000 people are dying each year from overdose, which is more than twice the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS, and almost the same number fatalities from car accidents.

This heroin and prescription opioid crisis is the worst the U.S. has ever seen. It's even lead President Barack Obama to include $1 billion dollars in the 2017 budget devoted to fighting the epidemic.

How did the U.S.'s opioid drug problem get so bad? Find out in today's Seeker Daily video.

Learn More:

The New York Times: In Guilty Plea, OxyContin Maker to Pay $600 Million

PBS: How Bad is the Opioid Epidemic?

The White House: President Obama Proposes $1.1 Billion in New Funding to Address the Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Use Epidemic