March 26, 2013 1:37 pm
Updated: January 13, 2014 12:06 pm

Who pops the most painkillers? How Canada’s opioid use compares with the rest of the world

Canada leads the world in hydromorphone consumption (2010 data)

Pain & Policy Studies Group, University of Wisconsin Carbone
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Used to be that America could easily claim the title of world opioid capital. But when it comes to the most powerful prescription drugs, Canada is now ahead – in part because of higher hydromorphone use.

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Canadians have used more hydromorphone than anyone else in the world – by a wide margin – every year since 2006. Use the slider to explore each year.

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Canada and the U.S. use far more oxycodone – the active ingredient in OxyContin/OxyNEO, Percocet and other drugs – than the rest of the world. Use the arrows at the bottom of the graphic to compare consumption from year to year. Double-click to zoom. Click and drag to move around.

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Canadians use more fentanyl than the U.S., but less than some European countries:

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