May 17, 2019 - Health

Chart: The opioid epidemic is a global issue

Adapted from OECD; Chart: Axios Visuals
Adapted from OECD; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. isn't the only country that is struggling with opioid deaths, although it is seeing the most, according to a new OECD report.

Between the lines: Opioid overprescribing has been a global problem, the report says, although some countries with high rates of opioid availability don't also have high rates of overdose deaths. This suggests that appropriate regulation can have a big impact.

  • Other countries, like the U.S., have also experienced a rise in illegal opioids like heroin and fentanyl, which are a product of illicit international trade.

Go deeper ... Study: Lowering prescription opioid misuse won't stop the opioid crisis

Go deeper