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Opioids Crisis Has Spread Beyond United States – OECD

Opioids Crisis Seeking Membership in the Wealthy OECD Countries!!! Medscape – May 16, 2019. PARIS (Reuters): Opioid use has reached crisis proportions not only in the United States but also in Canada and some European countries, as prescription opioid painkillers have become much more common, the OECD club of wealthy nations said on Thursday. So far the opioid epidemic has focused largely on the United States, where the OECD said nearly 400,000 people died of overdoses between 1999 and 2017, resulting in the lowering of overall life expectancy for the first in more than 60 years. “The United States is by no means alone in facing this crisis,” the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in a report. The Paris-based policy forum said deaths linked to opio...

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