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Dr. Jonathan Fielding: "The opioid crisis is getting worse, not better."

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor-in-residence in FSPH's Department of Health Policy and Management, wrote an op-ed published June 15 by U.S. News & World Report about the still-increasing number of deaths due to drug overdoses of prescription opioids.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Time for Action on Opioids

The president's budget takes several significant steps back in the fight against opioids.

By Dr. Jonathan Fielding

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.

Read the full op-ed from U.S. News & World Report

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