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Grim Tally Soars: More Than 50,000 Overdose Deaths in US

More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. Heroin deaths rose 23 percent in one year, to 12,989, slightly higher than the number of gun homicides, according to government data released Thursday.   Deaths from synthetic opioids, including illicit fentanyl, rose 73 percent to 9,580. And prescription...

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