About 53 million people worldwide use opioids or their natural counterparts and nearly half of them develop substance-abuse disorders leading to about 118,000 overdose deaths every year, According to the World Health Organization.
More recent data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reveal that out of the 2.1 million Americans who suffer opioid-use disorders, nearly 48,000 die from this class of drugs derived from the opium poppy or its synthetic counterparts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental poisoning, mainly from drug-overdose deaths, was the leading cause of death among young Americans.
But according to an annual global survey released Thursday, opioids are significantly less popular than other mind-altering substances.
The 2019 Global Drugs Survey compiled data late last year from nearly 124,000 people from more than 30 countries and found that opioids ranked eighth among the most