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Combatting the opioid epidemic

2018 data shows that every day, 128 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. It is a unique addiction that can be hard to detect, treat, and overcome.

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Combatting the opioid epidemic

2018 data shows that every day, 128 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. It is a unique addiction that can be hard to detect, treat, and overcome.
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A recent epidemic of opioid overdoses has garnered national attention in the United States. The CDC estimates that 47,055 overdose deaths occurred in the U.S. in 2014, 61% of which involved opioids (including heroin, pain relievers such as oxycodone, and synthetics). These statistics motivate public health agencies to identify emerging trends in overdoses so that they can better target prevention and response measures.

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