U.S. Opioid Crisis Is Top Health Story of 2018

Curated by Paul Helmick

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  • The scourge of opioid addiction and related deaths cut through American society again in 2018, capturing headlines and making it the year’s top health story
  • Rates of opioid-linked fatal overdoses have doubled over the past decade and topped 70,000 in 2017, the CDC reports
  • The chart you see here was from 2016, so you can see how fast this has ranked into the top ten causes of death in the US
  • Most of these tragic deaths were among young adults and linked to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s 50 times more potent than heroin
  • For three years in a row, US average life expectancy reversed a long-term upward trend and actually dropped from 79 to 78 years

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