The Opioid crisis in Pennsylvania

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The opioid epidemic is costing the medical industry, and the government, big bucks.

According to researchers at Penn State, the epidemic has cost the government nearly 38-billion dollars.

This comes from a loss in tax revenue caused by Americans who are no longer employed because of their opioid addiction.

They’re certainly large in terms of dollars lost….also I think it’s important to keep in mind that there’s certainly a human element behind it, and some of the premature deaths….this is just the tip of the iceberg.

-Joel Segel, assistant professor of health policy and administration, PSU.

The research also found that Pennsylvania was one of the states with the most lost revenue from the opioid epidemic…. statistics show it cost the commonwealth more than 600 million dollars
 

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