In 2012, physicians wrote a record 255 million opioid prescriptions, a prescription rate of 81.3 per 100 people. (Credit: Lightspring/Shutterstock) In 2012, physicians wrote a record 255 million opioid prescriptions, a prescription rate of 81.3 per 100 people. (Credit: Lightspring/Shutterstock)

Each day across the United States, more than 130 people die after an opioid overdose. In 2018, an estimated 1.7 million people suffered from prescription opioid abuse disorders. For many of them, their addiction began with a prescribed opioid like hydrocodone or oxycodone following an injury at work.

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