NYT: Nearly 60,000 Americans Died of Drug Overdose in 2016

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The New York Times reports that drug overdose deaths surged in 2016, killing nearly 60,000 Americans last year alone. For Americans under the age of 50, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death. The Times analysis found overdose deaths increased significantly across the East Coast last year, including in Ohio, where the state has filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry, accusing drug manufacturers of aggressively advertising opioids and lying to both doctors and patients about the dangers of addiction.
Who knows what impact the Pharmaceutical industry has and will continue to have in dominating the medical industry and continuing to advertise on television. One wonders if the legalization of cannabis, which already has shown to lower opioid overdose, could lower the amount of overdose deaths for the year of 2017.

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