The opioid crisis is getting worse, and rapidly. In 2015, 33,000 Americans died from opioids. According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost half of those deaths were from prescription opioids. The New York Times reports that in 2016, overdoses from all drugs was the leading cause of death of people under the age of 50. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans each year than at the height of the HIV epidemic and the worst year for auto accident deaths. The Times and drug use experts attribute the sharp rise in all drug overdose deaths to the rise of opioids.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump promised to end the opioid crisis. Let's see how he is doing.