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Opioid Counseling Is Not Enough – We Need Science-Based Treatments Nationwide

The Honorable Newt Gingrich
 

By Newt Gingrich (Original source News Week)

“Much of the news cycle gets devoted to U.S. negotiations with North Korea, the trade fight with China, and securing the U.S. border, but there is a far more immediate threat to our country that puts American lives at risk everyday—addiction.

According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures, drug overdoses claimed 70,200 lives in America in 2017. This number has doubled since 2007, when overdoses killed 36,010 in the United States.

For perspective, 58,220 Americans died during the entire Vietnam War. So, in one year, 11,980 more people died in America from drug overdose than in nearly a decade of conflict in Southeast Asia. Additionally, this staggering number of 2017 overdose deaths is nearly twice the 36,574 American casualties suffered during the three years of the Korean War.”

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