WT: White House Leadership Key to Ending the Opioid Epidemic

WT: White House Leadership Key to Ending the Opioid Epidemic

- - Tuesday, January 3, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug overdoses claimed 55,404 American lives in 2015 — inflicting a greater death toll than automobile fatalities, gun-inflicted homicides and suicides. Eighty percent of these deaths were caused by the misuse of opioids, including legal pain medications, heroin and synthetic fentanyl. More than 2.5 million Americans take opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet, OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and hydromorphone (Diludid). In 2012, 259 million U.S. opioid prescriptions were written. Representing 5 percent of the global population, Americans consume over 80 percent of all opioids.... [Read more at The Washington Times]

 
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