Reyes would prefer not to have to depend on these highly addictive medications. He sees an epidemic of people dying from the consumption of opioids in the U.S., most of them healthy individuals who tried a pill and then could not stop. Now, their deaths are part of an alarming statistic that grows every day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 115 people die by opioid overdose every day in the U.S.
Between 2000 and 2016, more than 600,000 people died of drug overdose in this country, most of them by some form of an opioid drug.