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If You're Serious, America: Here Are 26 Concrete Policy Steps to Reduce Opioid Addiction and Overdoses

The science and the knowledge base are there. What is needed is political will.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

by Alternet

Drugs, mainly opioids, are killing Americans at a record rate. The number of drug overdose deaths in the country quadrupled between 1999 and 2010—and compared to the numbers we're seeing now, those were the good old days.

Some 30,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2010. According to a new estimate from the New York Times, double that number died last year. And the rate of increase in overdose deaths was growing, up a stunning 19% over 2015.