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The opioid epidemic ravaging the United States is taking a grim and growing toll.

The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 64,070 people died from drug overdoses in 2016. That’s a 21 percent increase over the year before. Approximately three-fourths of all drug overdose deaths are now caused by opioids — a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers as well as heroin and potent synthetic versions like fentanyl.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who served three years as Indiana’s state health commissioner, says better partnerships are key to putting a dent in the opioid crisis statewide and throughout the country. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Adams said the combination of more federal dollars and a focus at all levels of government on “better health through better partnerships” is a good start toward getting a handle on the issue. The omnibus spending bill introduced in Congress this week includes nearly $4 billion for resources to fight opioid abuse, which has been declared a national emergency by President Donald Trump, and is a stated priority for Governor Eric Holcomb.

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