Biotech & Biomedical/opioid consumption

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Hi.  I've searched and searched to find out what percentage of opioid painkillers are consumed legitimately, and what percent are consumed by abuse and recreation.  Do you know?  Can you give me some sources?

Thank you,

Cole

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All opioids painkillers are prescribed legally.  (unless they are stolen from a pharmaceutical company or pharmacy).

After they are prescribed, patients do either consume them legitimately, recreationally or sell them.
The latter two are illegal activities, and there is no database that can accurately track that.

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