It’s a place where families can buy food, and where the cost of living is higher than in most countries.
And yet the US is experiencing a spike in drug overdoses.
In October alone, more than 1,300 people were killed by synthetic opioids, with the vast majority of them in the Midwest and the South.
In the past year, the number of overdoses in the US jumped by more than 20 per cent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That is a startling statistic when you consider that the US was a global leader in efforts to tackle synthetic drugs, and yet the country has seen a sharp rise in overdose deaths, and deaths associated with opioids.
“I’m not sure what we are going to see,” said Joanne McPherson, a senior lecturer at the School of Public Health and Health Policy at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
What is opioid addiction? “
We are going into an era where we are not taking opioids seriously and we have to be very careful.”
What is opioid addiction?
Opioids are addictive drugs that mimic the effects of morphine and other painkillers.
They work by causing a feeling of euphoria.
Some opioids are used for treating pain, but others are for recreational purposes.
Some are sold in pill or liquid form.
Some people are prescribed opioids for their pain.
Many people become dependent on opioids, which can lead to addiction.
It is estimated that more than 4 million people have used opioids in the past decade.
It has long been thought that opioids caused by the drug codeine are responsible for many overdoses.
The US Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings for the misuse of opioids, but has not issued any new guidelines for controlling their use.
However, the rise in overdoses has made a dent in the number and severity of drug-related deaths.
The spike in deaths coincided with the opioid crisis, and is likely to lead to more deaths, experts say.
Some states have tried to ban the use of opioids.
Ohio last year banned the prescription and sale of OxyContin, a synthetic opioid.
California, Maine and Michigan are considering similar measures.
Some doctors and medical groups argue that a ban on the use or distribution of opioids is not an effective solution.
“It’s hard to tell how many deaths will result if we don’t act now,” said Dr Sarah Smith, the director of addiction prevention at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
“But it is clear that we need to take more action to reduce the overdose death rate.”
Why are overdoses so much higher in the United States?
Some countries, including the UK, have tried restricting the use and supply of opioids but have been met with resistance.
Some of the countries with stricter restrictions have also seen the overdose rate rise.
And it is not just the US that has seen an increase in overdoses.
Other countries have seen increases as well.
“The number of opioid-related overdoses has gone up in other countries too,” said Andrew Wakefield, a former member of the US House of Representatives who was one of the authors of the National Institutes of Health report on synthetic drugs.
“And some of these countries, particularly in Europe, have been taking the initiative to regulate the supply of opioid and are seeing significant increases in the numbers of overdose deaths,” he added.
How is it spreading in the UK?
There have been a number of outbreaks of synthetic opioids across the US, with several of them taking place in the last few years.
In July, there were reports of a man who died after he was taken to hospital by paramedics after using the synthetic opioid fentanyl.
And in December, there was a case of a woman who overdosed after taking a fentanyl tablet.
The problem is spreading, and the UK is seeing an increase.
In May, there has been an overdose death in the city of Norwich.
And there have also been a series of overdose cases in parts of the Midlands.
“These are all things that are happening in the capital of the United Kingdom and they are happening more rapidly in the south,” said Ms McPachson.
“People are becoming more desperate.
There are more people who are being overdosed.”
What can the UK do to control the rise of overdoses?
The UK is working closely with the European Union and the World Health Organization to reduce demand for prescription opioids, and has also stepped up its use of non-pharmaceutical alternatives to opioids, including methadone, oxycodone and naltrexone.
These are the drugs used to treat pain.
Ms Smith said the government was investing £150 million over the next year in efforts aimed at reducing overdose deaths.
It also has an online tool called the “Wise Up” initiative, which aims to prevent opioid abuse.
“What we have seen is an increasing number of people using these drugs and using them for legitimate purposes and there is a recognition that there are issues around this,” she