It is no surprise that New Zealand is not the only country dealing with a drug crisis. In the US, a commission into opioid use has found the problem to be so extreme; they want the president to declare it a national healthcare emergency.
In 2015, one third of all Americans were prescribed some form of opioids and now the death toll from addiction related deaths is soaring.
US correspondent Francis Read spoke to Duncan Garner.
Watch the video for the full interview.