The number of people overdosing on opioids in the United States is on the rise.
And it could get worse, according to a new report from the American Academy of Addiction Medicine.
“I’m not suggesting that this is a crisis,” said Dr. Scott A. Frieden, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
“But we are in a crisis of overdose.”
Frieden, a physician in private practice, has seen the crisis unfold.
It started in 2016, when more than 2 million Americans died of opioid-related overdoses.
In January, the number of overdoses reached a record high of 6.5 million.
The epidemic has since spread to other states, including New York City, where more than 7,500 people died of opioids last month.
The opioid epidemic has gotten a lot of attention recently.
A few weeks ago, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to cut off funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from opioid funding and implement a crackdown on doctors who prescribe opioids.
But the problem is much more systemic than just the Trump administration.
The epidemic began in the mid-1990s, when pharmaceutical companies started to sell opioids in pill form, which were cheaper than heroin.
As the companies marketed the drugs, they introduced the first synthetic opioid, OxyContin, which is addictive and is still illegal in most parts of the United State.
By 2002, more than 1 million Americans were taking OxyContin.
The new, cheaper opioid was marketed as a “safer” alternative to heroin.
But addiction experts say it is far more dangerous than heroin, because it’s a combination of heroin and opioids, which are harder to control.
And opioids are often laced with other drugs like fentanyl, which can kill.
The prescription opioid crisis has become a huge public health crisis, and there’s little indication that the federal government is doing enough to stop it, said Dr, Scott A Frye, an addiction physician and the president and CEO of the American Association of Addiction Physicians.
“The epidemic has metastasized into other states,” Frye said.
The U.K. recently announced plans to crack down on prescription opioids, but so far there have been no signs that the U,K.
is taking the crisis more seriously.
A lot of doctors have been prescribing opioids for decades.
And because of the popularity of the opioids, the addiction rates have dropped sharply.
But the prescription opioid epidemic isn’t just happening in the states.
The opioid crisis is affecting all 50 states.
There are about 6.2 million people in the country who are addicted to opioids, according a 2014 report from New York University.
And some states have seen a jump in the number and severity of opioid overdose deaths.
In Texas, for example, overdose deaths increased 40 percent in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.
And overdose deaths in Alabama, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee rose significantly during that same time period.
“We know that there’s a tremendous demand for prescription opioids,” Frieden said.
“In Texas and other states that are experiencing the opioid epidemic, a lot more physicians are prescribing opioids,” said Frye.
“There’s a lot going on.”