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CDC says opioids kill more people than breast cancer

Posted at 9:42 AM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 09:42:12-05

The opioid epidemic continues to get worse across the country and a report has some shocking new details.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that says opioids now kill more people than breast cancer.

They say more than 63,000 lives were lost to drug overdoses last year, which is the most lethal year of the epidemic. More than 42,000 of those deaths involved opioid, a thousand more than Americans who die from breast cancer every year.

Scientists say the increase was driven by the rise of illicit synthetic opioids like fentanyl.