How Catastrophic is the Opioid Crisis? !function(e,t,s,i){var n="InfogramEmbeds",o=e.getElementsByTagName("script"),d=o[0],r=/^http:/.test(e.location)?"http:":"https:";if(/^\/{2}/.test(i)&&(i=r+i),window[n]&&window[n].initialized)window[n].process&&window[n].process();else if(!e.getElementById(s)){var a=e.createElement("script");a.async=1,a.id=s,a.src=i,d.parentNode.insertBefore(a,d)}}(document,0,"infogram-async","http://e.infogram.com/js/dist/embed-loader-min.js"); Record levels of overdose and addiction due to prescription painkillers Opioid use dates back to 3400 B.C, and they have been an extremely effective source of pain relief