The United States of America makes up 4.7% of the World's population. The staggering statistic is that the United States of America consumes 80% of the World's Prescription Opioids. In 2017, drug overdoses were responsible for the death of approximately 72,000 Americans. This statistic includes illicit drugs and prescribed substances. Historically, the United States of America has approached pain management with the attitude that pain free is crucial to the enjoyment of a healthy and happy life. This attitude is starting to shift because Opioids have deteriorated many people's quality of life and fatal overdoses continue to rise.
In the United States of America, one dose of Opioids is prescribed each day for every 20 people. Japan reports one dose prescribed for every 800 people. India prescription rates are staggeringly low with Opioid use estimated at 2,000 times less than the United States of America. India has strict regulations to prevent Opioid use, even for cancer patients. According to The New Yorker, less than 20% of Indian Medical Schools educate their students about pain relief for patients with life-limiting illnesses or palliative care.
SOURCE: Quest Diagnostics