Cost of Opioid Epidemic Put at Half a Trillion Dollars

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The White House says the true cost of the opioid epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars, the Associated Press reports. In an analysis being released Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The council said a 2016 study estimated that prescription opioid overdoes, abuse . . .

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