The opioid crisis is affecting the US economy. The White House Council of Economic advisers recently estimated the economic burden, inclusive of the value of statistical lives lost, to be $504 billion in 2015. More closely constructed estimates find cost burdens as high as $95 billion in 2016. According to estimates from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), from 2016 to 2019, the number of Americans receiving medication-assisted treatment rose 38 percent, from approximately 921,000 to 1.27 million. This demonstrates that this opioid crisis is increasing more over the years and people are dying and also is affecting the economy.
Some research suggests that simply using prescription opioids can put one at higher risk or depression. Researchers found that 10% of over 100,000 patients prescribed opioids developed depression after using the medications for over a month. These patients were taking medication for minor one such as back pain, headaches, arthritis, and had not received a diagnosis of depression before treatment. This indicates that taking prescribed opioids can affect people's health and their mental health.