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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
Drug overdose deaths, once rare, are now the leading cause of accidental death in the US, surpassing peak annual deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, guns, and HIV infection.
Since 1999, opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled and opioid prescriptions have increased markedly – almost enough for every adult in America to have a bottle of pills.
North Carolina loses a school bus full of citizens each month to prescription opioid overdose.
You have to double the amount of opioids Japan consumes five times to come close to the US.
The opioid crisis is one of the biggest challenges we face across our state!
We lose a Vietnam [War] every single year to drug overdoses.
The greatest gift to give to the people you love the most is your recovery.