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By Shauna Krout
Contributing Writer 

Opiod Epidemic Claims Half Million Lives in Past Decade


Last updated 1/1/2020 at 11:04am

With 2020 beginning we have come to the end of a decade where nearly half a million people have lost their lives to overdose.

The opioid epidemic started in 2010 with pain killer dependence rising and doctor shopping being the newest thing to do. Now heroin is on the rise with the newest deadly killer fentanyl.

The solution the government has come up with is to put people on the MAT program. MAT stands for medication assisted therapy. This puts people on a medication that the individual will get stuck on and has worse side effects and withdrawals then the street drugs. That is not being c...

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