Opioid addiction, misuse and overdose is an ongoing and rapidly evolving public health crisis. An estimated 2 million Americans are addicted to opioids, and approximately 25 million suffer daily from chronic pain. Following a rapid increase in rates of opioid pain reliever prescribing, widespread use and misuse of these medications has risen at an alarming rate, giving way to a nation-wide crisis. Heroin use and addiction are now on the rise as some people shift from prescription opioids to their cheaper street relative. For Americans under 50 years of age, drug overdose is the leading cause of death.
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