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The Opioid Pandemic

A new graphic from Visual Capitalist and Zero Hedge reveals how the Opioid crisis is behaving just like a pandemic, and it is progressively and exponentially getting worse since 1999. In 1999 the Opioid Pandemic kicked off with the proliferation of synthetic opioids being prescribed for chronic pain, and there were several thousand deaths back then. By 2004 there were over 10,000 opioid overdose deaths per year, and now as of 2019 it has grown to over 50,000 opioid deaths per year in the United States.