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Northern New York’s Opioid Crisis: What is the cost as the epidemic continues to grow?

Northern New York’s Opioid Crisis: What is the cost as the epidemic continues to grow?

The opioid crisis has hit home with a vengeance.

Opioids in 2016 were the cause of 42,249 deaths nationally—five times the amount in 1999. Between 2005 and 2014, opioid-related emergency room visits and inpatient stays skyrocketed by 200 percent across the United States. Around half of these incidents involve drugs prescribed by doctors.