The opioid epidemic in the U.S. continues to worsen, with overdose death rates climbing in most states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data reveal that 28,648 deaths were linked to prescription opioids and heroin in 2014. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 4.3 million adolescents and adults reported non-medical use of prescription opioids.
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