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The Opioid Epidemic: How Wellbeing Can Help Bend the Curve

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Drug overdose death rates have risen in the U.S. at alarming levels over the past two decades, characterized overwhelmingly by a staggering rise in opioid abuse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, age-adjusted overdose deaths increased from 6.1 per 100,000 persons in 1999 to 32.4 per 100,000 in 2021. Death rates have risen for all racial/ethnic groups, and men are at a much higher risk than women, although the rate has more than quadrupled for both groups over this period.


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