Limit the use of opioid drugs
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My friend's 25-year old son died of opioid addiction in 2017. Unfortunately, such deaths of healthy people are not a rare occurrence, but common: over 24,000 people died of opioids in 2016 alone. The death toll does not describe the chaos caused in the families of addicts, who are often hardworking people that were prescribed highly addictive drugs such as fentanil and oxycodone for routine surgeries. Responsible people turn into drug addicts, losing the ability to function in their normal roles. Opioids should be reserved for terminally ill or permanently disabled patients with chronic, extreme pain.
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