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President's budget proposes critical investments to reduce opioid addiction

from Office of National Drug Control Policy

More people in the U.S. now die every day from drug overdoses than from traffic crashes, and the majority of drug overdose deaths are caused by prescription opioids and heroin. Overdose deaths involving prescription pain relievers rose more than 300 percent from 1999 through 2011, leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to declare these deaths an epidemic, and the deaths associated with heroin have increased significantly for the last three years. Last week, President Barack Obama proposed critical investments to help tackle the growing problem of opioid addiction. more


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