The Opioid epidemic or Opioid crisis is the rapid expand in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioids in the United States and Canada in the 2010. Opiates are strong painkillers or analgesic drugs. In 2016, deaths from overdoses increased over the previous year by 26% in Connecticut, 35% in Delaware, 39% in Maine, and 62% in Maryland. In 2015, 52,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, and in 2016 the numbers increased another 19 percent, to approximately 62,000.
- Economic Impact of the Opioid