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Astounding Amounts: Opioid Epidemic Filling up Morgues

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  • Death rates from overdoses of oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and other prescription opioids quadrupled since 1999
  • In some U.S. cities, such deaths are becoming so commonplace they’re overwhelming coroner and medical examiner systems
  • About 12 million Medicare beneficiaries, or about 1 in 3, received at least one opioid painkiller prescription in 2015

By Dr. Mercola

More than 28,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2014 — more deaths than any other year on record, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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