Cost of Opioid Epidemic Put at Half a Trillion Dollars

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The White House Council of Economic Advisers says the true cost of the opioid epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion. The council says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. A 2016 study estimated that prescription opioid overdoes, abuse and dependence in the U.S. in 2013 cost $78.5 billion . . .

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