The U.S. government spent more money on opioids than any other country in 2016, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.
The $8.3 billion spent on prescription opioids in the first half of the year amounted to a $6.4 billion increase over the previous year.
While the spending increase was largely attributed to rising overdose rates, the CBO also found that the amount spent on opioid treatments for treating opioid-related complications was also increasing.
“The amount of opioid treatment expenditures by the federal government for 2016 were higher than the amount of drug-related spending by all states and localities in 2016,” the CBB said in a statement.
That included $2.2 billion for opioid treatment, $1.6 billion for medication assisted treatment, and $724 million for medical beauty treatments.
The federal government spends $2 billion a day on opioid prescriptions, which are prescribed to treat opioid-induced respiratory depression.
This money is often spent on treating opioid overdoses.
The CBO said that in 2016 alone, more than 2.5 million people died from overdoses, and about 400,000 of those deaths were caused by opioids.
Opioid overdoses, like the opioid epidemic, have led to a number of other issues, including the rise in heroin and fentanyl, which have led many to turn to alternative painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone, or even heroin.