There’s no denying that there’s an opioid epidemic in the United States.It all intensified in the 1990s when pharmaceutical companies started reassuring the medical community that patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers. Soon, healthcare providers began to prescribe opioids at greater rates. And it wasn’t long before this increased use of opioids led to widespread misuse and it was clear that they could be addictive. Highly addictive. Today, roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse the – with 8 to 12 percent developing an addiction or disorder. And the signs of opioid addiction aren’t always easy to see.