In the last several years, drug-related deaths have spiked dramatically. Synthetic narcotics, most notoriously fentanyl, have invaded the illegal market and have contributed to the 70,200 deaths reported by the CDC in 2017. That number exceeds the number of deaths reported from car crashes, gun violence, or H.I.V. during their respective peaks.
Calling the current drug epidemic a national crisis is not an exaggeration, and statistics give no indication that the problem has been slowing down. If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction, the best course of action is to enter a drug rehabilitation program and begin the path to health and sobriety. The consequences of delaying rehab can be tragic.