Opioid use has reached crisis proportions not only in the United States but also in Canada and some European countries, as prescription opioid painkillers have become much more common, the OECD club of wealthy nations said.

Specialty medicines for which pharmaceutical companies demand high prices are straining wealthy nations’ health budgets, the OECD said on Wednesday, with drugs accounting for some 20 percent of all health spending. Across the 33 OECD countries, pharmaceutical spending reached $800 billion in 2013, and new drugs and rising demand are likely to continue to push […]