7 Facts About the Opioid Crisis

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Published on July 12, 2019 - Duration: 01:10s

7 Facts About the Opioid Crisis

7 Facts About the Opioid Crisis The United States is currently in the grip of an opioid epidemic.

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In 2017, 1.7 million people struggled with addiction to prescription opioid pain relievers.

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652,000 suffered from heroin addiction.

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Opioids include heroin, fentanyl, and prescription painkillers like morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone.

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Out of 70,200 U.S. overdose deaths in 2017, 47,600 deaths involved opioids.

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130 people died per day of opioid overdoses during 2016 and 2017.

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People with painkiller prescriptions are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.

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Naxolone, also known as Narcan, is an injection or nasal spray used as a treatment for overdoses.

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