How Big Is America’s Opioid Problem?

According to the September 2017 edition of National Geographic magazine:
• In the United States, every 25 minutes, a baby is born addicted to opioids.
• In 2015, there were 33,000 deaths due to opioid overdose. A 16% rise from the year before.

According to a recent New York Daily News article:
• In 2016, in America, opioids killed more people than car accidents, guns, or breast cancer.
• In 2016, “in total, 22 states and Washington D.C. had overdose opioid deaths higher than the national average of 19.8 fatalities per 100,000 people.”
• Since 2013, synthetic opioids “have killed an average 88% more people each year.”

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