By David McNew/ReutersThe U.N. Health Committee’s latest report on the worldwide epidemic of drug overdoses was released on Wednesday, revealing that in the last year the number of people dying from the opioid epidemic has soared to more than 15 million, a rise of about 400,000 people per month, or roughly 20 percent of the global total.
In the United States, the number is now at 15.3 million, up more than 400,00 from the previous year, the report said.
The report found that while prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin have long been the most popular types of painkillers in the world, they’re now being abused more and more by younger and lower-income people.
The report said the number has now more than tripled in just the last five years, from 2.2 million in 2013 to 6.9 million in 2016.
While the report says that the U