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The Quest Diagnostics findings also noted U.S drug deaths were up by 5% last year.
The effects of the opioid crisis have been felt across the nation – from small towns to bustling cities. In 2017 there were upwards of 70,000 drug overdose deaths, the highest number for any single year in U.S. history.
The funding will be used by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to “increase access to treatment, reduce unmet treatment need and reduce opioid-related overdose deaths.”
Purdue is accused of being "accountable for knowingly, recklessly, and/or negligently supplying OxyContin to obviously suspicious physicians and pharmacies," among other things.