Research Report

Prescription Nation 2018: Facing America's Opioid Epidemic

Report from the National Safety Council

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"Highly addictive opioid medications—Vicodin,Percocet, OxyContin and others—have been improperly marketed to the medical community asthe most effective method for treating pain. Since the1990s, opioids have been liberally prescribed, setting the stage for a flood of people suffering from opioiduse disorder, overdose and death", according to Deborah A. P. Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council.