Understanding the opioid epidemic’s economic toll

The cost our nation’s opioid epidemic is over $1 trillion, over a 16 year period. The cost in lives is equally high: 48,000 people died between January 2017 and January 2018. The AMA Opioid Task Force has issued a number of steps physicians, patients, insurers and policy makers should take to reduce the costs, both monetary and human lives.

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