Fentanyl the ‘Third Wave’ of US Opioid CrisisLast Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017
(Restore Center LA, March 28) In the last few years, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids have ravaged communities throughout the United States, and the U.S. government is trying to look for new solutions to the ever-growing crisis. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), synthetic opioid deaths have increased 72% from 2014 to 2015, from 5,544 to 9,581.
The recent uptick in overdose deaths reported by the CDC may be one of reasons why the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing on March 21 to discuss the impact that fentanyl and other synthetic opiates are having on cities across America. Read more.