How to stop the opioid epidemic
More than 3,000 people died in the US last year, and many of them were killed by opioid-related deaths, a study released Monday said.
The findings come at a critical time for President Donald Trump, who is calling for federal funding to be ramped up to fight the opioid crisis.
He also has been vocal in his call for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, saying it was “a total failure.”
“Obamacare was a total disaster for millions of Americans.
We must fix it,” Trump said at the White House on April 27.
“And we will fix it, because it’s a catastrophe for us.
We are going to repeal Obamacare, because the law is a total failure, and we’re going to fix it.”
The latest data released by the CDC showed that the number of Americans with chronic pain, or chronic health conditions that can lead to addiction, hit a record high of 1.3 million in 2015.
The number of chronic health problems, or addiction, rose by 18% in 2015, the CDC said, citing data from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
The rate of death for opioids and heroin-related chronic conditions is also on the rise, with nearly a third of people dying from either in 2015 or 2016.
Nearly one-third of people who died of opioid-based chronic conditions in 2015 died from cancer, the study said.
The figure was up to 41% for 2016.
The opioid epidemic, which has taken a heavy toll on communities of color and those living in rural areas, is one of the major factors behind the increased death toll.
According to the CDC, the nation has seen an increase in overdose deaths and an increase of overdoses related to prescription painkillers, including hydrocodone, OxyContin and fentanyl.
More than 20 states have enacted opioid laws that ban or severely restrict opioid use and abuse.