When you think about the current Opioid addiction epidemic, it is hard to ignore the sharp upturn in addiction-related deaths over the past ten to fifteen years. The situation has escalated so far that public health officials have now asked the White House to declare the epidemic a national health crisis, and when you really put the numbers into another context, it is easy to see why.
Every year, there are more addiction-related deaths than automobile deaths. The number of heroin overdoses alone is neck and neck with the number of gun homicides in the country. Understanding the problem in relation to these other public health issues helps to underscore how large this issue has grown. The following infographic by The Ranch puts the Opioid crisis into perspective.