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Prescription for Change — How to End America's Opioid Addiction

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  • More Americans now use prescription opioids than smoke cigarettes. Opiates such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and morphine also kill more Americans than car crashes each year
  • In 2015, 27 million Americans used illegal drugs like heroin and/or misused prescription drugs. Addiction to opioids and heroin is costing the U.S. more than $193 billion each year
  • Native Americans and Caucasians have the highest rate of death from opioids; 8.4 and 7.9 per 100,000 people respectively. African Americans and Latinos have a death rate of 3.3 and 2.2 per 100,000

By Dr. Mercola

The MTV production "Prescription for Change" highlights the struggles of drug addiction and includes interviews with President Obama, in which he urges users to seek help, and discusses the need for more and better treatment programs, regardless of the user's ability to pay.


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