Overdoses Now Leading Cause of Death of Americans Under 50

In chilling but not surprising news, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death of Americans under the age of 50, killing in excess of 59,000 in 2016 alone, The New York Times reports. The Times attributed the death count to the opioid epidemic, which is compounded by illicit fentanyl. Overall, drug overdoses are the ninth leading cause of death, with 63 percent due to opioids. Addiction affects about 26 percent of those using opioids for chronic non-cancer pain; 1 in 550 patients...

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