A national crisis: CDC reports prescriptions for opioids have tripled since 1999

Although there has been a gradual drop in prescriptions for opioids in the United States since 2010, the number of prescriptions written for painkillers is three times as high as it was in 1999, according to a new government report. Indeed, in 2015 the amount of opioids prescribed was enough for every American to be medicated around the clock for three weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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