1. 64,000 lives have been claimed within the last year alone due to opioids.
Recent data has shown that within a 6-year period, nearly 200,000 people have died due to opioid addiction. This epidemic has its roots in corrupt pharmaceutical companies combined with unscrupulous pharmacies, and those who are responsible need to be held accountable for their actions.
2. Opioid doses are currently the leading cause of death for people under age 50.
This year, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency” in the United States. As opioid-dependent infants are increasing and children are gradually being found unconscious or dead in opioid-related incidents, the need for justice for these instances is paramount.
3. Construction and manufacturing workers are 5-10% more likely to use opioids than any other industry.
Two industries in the East Texas area have been hit the hardest. Due to the physical labor within these industries, many workers get hurt on the job and are in need of medication to relieve their pain. Unfortunately, these medications are highly addictive and harmful for long-term use.
4. The opioid epidemic could account for the 20% decline in the labor force participation (LFP).
According to a study by Alan Krueger, economist and professor, the labor force participation fell significantly more in countries where opioids are prescribed.
5. Painkiller prescriptions in the U.S. quadrupled between 1999 and 2010.
The CDC reported that opioid-related deaths have quadrupled correspondingly to the increase in painkiller prescriptions in the United States.

Sources: Forbes, New York Times, brookings.edu