Thirty-three percent of American adults have received an opioid prescription in the past two years, according to a new survey released Thursday.
Eighteen percent of American adults say that they have received opioids in the past year, and a further 14 percent have received an opioid prescription at some point in the past two years; 31 percent received one three or more years ago. Given 2016 population figures, this suggests that some 80 million Americans have received a prescription for opioids in the past two years.
For context, it is important to note that the total number of opioid prescriptions filled by Americans fellover the past year, down about nine percent. Data from the Center for Disease Control indicate that the population-adjusted number of prescriptions has fallen steadily since 2012, dropping almost 30 percent between then and 2017.