May 19, 2016

Opioids: When the Harms Outweigh the Benefits

Haley Otman

"The CDC estimates 78 people die every single day from opioid- or heroin-related overdoses. That’s like a plane full of people crashing every week," says Dr. Chad Brummett.

Prince’s death, though the official cause is still undetermined, has turned more public attention to opioid abuse, a widespread problem in the U.S. today.

Opioid overdoses and abuse are in the spotlight as the investigation into the cause of rock star Prince’s death continues. Although the circumstances are undetermined, the news has spurred more conversations about what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently termed an epidemic and one of the most pressing public health issues in the U.S. today.

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