In 2010, in the United States, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate each adult in the country 24 hours a day, for a month.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that:
* 100 people die daily from drug overdoses in the United States also overdose death rates have tripled than what they were in 1990.
* In 2008 prescription painkillers were implicated in more overdose death rates than cocaine and heroin combined.
* Successful suicide in patients with chronic pain has doubled.
* Death rates are the highest in the Southwest and Appalachian regions, with the highest death rates in 2008 being in New Mexico and West Virginia; the lowest rate was in Nebraska.