NATIONWIDE – As the country grapples with a growing opioid epidemic, studies indicate there are no signs of it slowing in the near future.
New research is predicting by the year 2025, deaths from illicit opioid abuse are expected to skyrocket by 147 percent.
More than 49,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2017 and without any public policy intervention, the researchers predict that number will hit more than 81,000 by 2025.
The use of fentanyl on its own, as well as mixed with other illicit drugs like cocaine and heroin, is what researchers find is fueling the crisis.
The researchers say they need more resources to treat people who are addicted in order to curb the epidemic and that criminalizing those who misuse opioids is not a solution.