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Opioid OD mortality could reach 250 a day if trends continue, analysis finds


Close to 100 Americans are killed by opioids each day, a figure that could rise to 250 -- or more than 650,000 over the next decade -- if potent synthetic compounds such as fentanyl and carfentanil continue to proliferate while waiting time for treatment lengthens in the hardest-hit areas, according to this analysis. Experts predict that mortality will not stabilize until after 2020, because it will take several years to see if government interventions are effective.