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Opioid Epidemic: People Are Using Sprained Ankle As Excuse To Get Drugs

The ongoing opioid epidemic in the U.S. has been linked to widespread misuse of the drugs. Health experts previously claimed the medications were not addictive.

Due to significantly high rates of deaths linked to opioid, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2017 declared the epidemic as a public health emergency. Prior to that, over 76 billion opioid pills were released by companies in the U.S., which contributed to the deadliest drug epidemic in the country. 

Major drug manufacturers produced billions of oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills between 2006 and 2012, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Analysis of data from the Drug Enforcement Administration showed that the surge of the drugs was linked to nearly 100,000 deaths. 

To date, 11.4 million Americans still misuse prescription opioids, according to HHS. Everyday there are 130 people dying from drug overdose. 

A new study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that diversion also contributed