Infographic: Painkiller Addiction in the US is an Epidemic

This infographic on painkiller addiction makes the case that prescription pain medication abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the US with over 5 million people abusing painkillers each year. Using evidence collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the CDC,, and a study from the University of Texas – this infographic states that opioid painkillers are now responsible for more deaths each year in all age groups than all illegal drugs combined. In addition to this shocking statistic, as the country has begun to crack down on prescription pain medicine abuse, many former painkiller addicts have begun to switch to the cheaper and more readily available heroin as their drug of choice.