The opioid epidemic in older adults: One of America's greatest health challenges
from Counselor Magazine
Originating from the noble desire to ease the physical pain of our fellow human beings, the use of opioids has evolved into a catastrophic epidemic: billions of dollars in lost productivity; unprecedented healthcare costs; crime; the destruction of lives, families and communities; and a death toll that far exceeds that seen in world wars. Every eleven minutes an American dies from an opioid overdose, according to the CDC statistic that 130 Americans die daily from opioid overdoses (CDC, 2018).
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