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Data and Analytics to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Published By: SAS
SAS
Published:  Aug 03, 2016
Length:  8 pages

On an average day, 78 Americans die from opioid overdose. Last year’s total was almost 30,000 deaths, roughly two-thirds involving prescription opioids (including Percocet, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Oxycontin), the rest involving heroin. The United States, with about 5 percent of the global population, consumes 80 percent of the prescription opioids. The problem affects people of all backgrounds and across the socioeconomic spectrum; the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has officially declared it an epidemic.



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