Trump Takes on Opioid Addiction

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Current Events
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The problem of opioid addiction is become more prominent in the national news.

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story is the president’s¬†announced plans to fight the problem of opioid addiction in the country.

Opioid addiction has now reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Opioids (highly addictive painkillers such as oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and many others) kill roughly 50,000 Americans each year. As of 2015, roughly two million Americans were addicted to opioids. Another 600,000 were addicted to heroin. Deaths from overdoses have more than tripled since 2002. Last Thursday, President Trump addressed the issue in a national speech.

To learn more about this story, click here to visit the Election Central Web site and read the full posting.

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