In 2015, there were over 2.5 million Americans Addicted to opioids; 33,000 of them died of overdose. Nationwide, that rate is over ten deaths per 100,000 people, and the rate is over 30 in some states, such as West Virginia and New Hampshire. At the height of the crack Epidemic, in comparison, crack was “only” causing about four deaths per 100,000 people. The vast majority of opiod abusers are addicted to legal prescription pain killers such as Vicodin or Percocet, and many of those eventually become addicted to illicit drugs like heroin. As analytics experts, we outline ways that technology can help the Federal Government reverse this trend and curtail this destructive epidemic.
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