The overuse of prescribed opioid painkillers, for example, causes 115 deaths every day in the United States. Every year, addiction to alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and prescription opioids costs the U.S. economy upwards of $740 billion in treatment costs, lost work, and the effects of crime.
In an article written by Claire Galofaro and Lindsay Whitehurst, entitled, #The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout’s deadly fentanyl empire, the authors reported that “This crisis began in the 1990s… By 2017, deaths from synthetic opioids had increased more than 800 percent, to 28,466, dragging the United States’ overall life expectancy down for a third consecutive year for the first time in a century. Fentanyl deaths have been reported abroad, in Canada, Sweden, Estonia, the United Kingdom. Countries with surging prescription opioid addiction, like Australia, fear they are on the brink.
‘Fentanyl will be the bubonic plague,’ said Mike Vigil, former chief of international operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration, warning that any country with a burgeoning prescription opioid problem could soon find itself following American footsteps. ‘It’s just a matter of time.’”
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