Cost Of U.S. Opioid Epidemic Since 2001 Is $1 Trillion And Climbing

A young man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, a neighborhood that has become a hub for heroin use. The economic costs of the epidemic are mounting, researchers say, as the U.S. loses more and more workers in their prime.

Economists tracking federal mortality data say the growth in costs of the opioid crisis doubled from 2001 to 2016. Opioids are undercutting productivity of people in prime working years — 30s and 40s.

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