80 percent of worldwide opioid consumption is by the United States – which represents only 5 percent of the world’s population.
It is estimated that between 26.4 and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an estimated 2.1 million in the United States suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers.
Prescription drug abuse and diversion has been declared a national epidemic – it affects everyone, and the statistics are staggering. While South Dakota’s prescription drug abuse rates are lower than the national average, the consequences of prescription drug diversion and abuse impact our families and friends, the communities we live in, and our workplaces.
The South Dakota State Medical Association and our partners are committed to providing resources and education to help fight this epidemic in our state.