Millions of Americans misuse prescription drugs each month, with tens of thousands dying every year from causes related to opioid abuse. Many people become addicted to opioids after receiving a prescription to treat pain from an injury or following a surgery.
But approximately one out of every three prescribed medications is unused, and
six in ten patients have leftover pills. It’s not surprising that more than 75 percent of people who become dependent on opioids report they first started with pills they got from a friend or family member.