The ongoing U.S. drug crisis has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the last 20 years. In fact , nearly 70 per cent of all drug overdose deaths in 2018 accounted for opioid overdose deaths. And though the opioid epidemic 's impact is well known, what many do not know is that it has spread in three distinct waves. We draw the new UN World Drug Study 2020 figures to reveal the complexity of the U.S. opioid epidemic, and how national drug-related mortality rates compare with other nations.
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