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Opioid Epidemic

Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.– NIH

The astonishing rise in usage and opioid-related deaths places the United States in a severe epidemic. However, unlike the 80's and 90's these drugs aren't solely being dealt on the streets; instead they are also legally prescribed. The United...