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    CDC: Synthetic Drugs Driving Opioid Epidemic

    As America’s opioid crisis continues to rage, an analysis of CDC data from 2016 shows synthetic opioids like fentanyl — which can be 50 times stronger than heroin — were to blame for nearly 31 percent of that year’s 63,632 total fatal overdoses. From 2015 to 2016, death rates from synthetic drugs doubled in 10 states, and Washington, D.C., saw an increase of 392 percent. Meanwhile, President Trump’s plan to combat the epidemic by allowing the death penalty for dealers is meeting some resistance as anti-drug legislation advances through Congress.

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