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CHANGING THE COURSE OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC: THE POWER AND PROMISE OF PROVEN TECHNOLOGY Bookmark this article.
The opioid crisis ranks as the greatest public health emergency the United States has faced
since the AIDS epidemic. In 2015, drug overdoses, largely fueled by illicit opioids, reached a tragic
threshold—accounting for more deaths than AIDS at its mid-90s peak. In 2016, 42,200 Americans
died from opioid-related overdoses, nearly five people every hour. According to a 2017 Council of
Economic Advisers report, the opioid crisis cost the nation $504 billion in economic losses in 2015,
or 2.8 percent of GDP that year.
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