Opiate Epidemic

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This epidemic is being driven primarily by opioids – prescription painkillers or heroin.  However, the number one killer opioid is fentanyl.  Synthetic opioids like fentanyl killed 20,000 Americans in 2016.

Most fentanyl doesn’t come from here.  The vast majority is made in China and then shipped here either through the mail or brought across our porous Southern border.


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Opioid Resource Center

Free access to research, data, analyses and other resources The opioid epidemic is taking lives every day. In the United States, where President Trump has declared it a national public health emergency, prescription opioids and heroin killed more than 33,000 people in 2015.

The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic.

Opioids (including prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl) killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any year on record. 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.

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