How much the opioid epidemic costs the U.S.

“And fatal overdoses cost nearly $22 billion in health care and lost productivity costs” writes Maria Lamagna for When taking health-care bills, criminal justice costs and lost productivity, the opioid epidemic is costing Americans billions of dollars a year. “Nobody has seen anything like what is going on now,” Trump said in a speech this week. “As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue.Of course, these are just the costs researchers can actually measure, said Curtis Florence, one of the authors of the study published in Medical Care.

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