More Americans died from a drug overdose last year than from traffic accidents, and three out of five of those deaths involved a highly addictive opioid. In 2014, nearly 2 million Americans said they abused prescription pain pills, and nearly 20,000 of them died from an overdose. Another 10,000-plus died from heroin — an opiate that’s often the next step for prescription drug abusers searching for a stronger, cheaper fix.
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