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Opioid-Related Deaths Drained $500 Billion From The US Economy In 2015

The national opioid epidemic is even larger drain on the US economy than previously believed, according to a new analysis from the White House Council of Economic Advisers. The cost of opioid-related deaths in 2015 was $504 billion, according to the CEA – a figure equivalent to 2.8% of that year’s gross domestic product. CEA […]


What National Review Gets Wrong About the Opioid Crisis and the War on Drugs

Via The Daily Bell Alright, libertarians, you wanted drug legalization, right? Well, with opioids, via loose prescriptions, you got it, and what’s happened? We are in the middle of the worst epidemic of overdose and addiction this country has ever seen, thousands are dropping like flies, and it appears that things will be getting worse […]


Be Careful What You Sniff In Canada

A new crisis is developing in Canada and it’s not the housing bubble. A far more sinister one, that is taking the country by storm, as a new wave of fentanyl has washed up on the shores of Canada from an unknown origin most likely China, and has made it onto city streets. To our […]


This Chart Warns America’s Opioid Crisis Is About To Get Worse

The simple chart below from the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime beautifully illustrates the next leg up in America’s opioid crisis.  If you thought today’s situation was bad – think again. Afghanistan, the world’s largest producer of opium just logged a record crop harvest this year doubling last year’s production. Some how – some way, […]


Watch Live: Trump To Label Opioid Epidemic A ‘Public Health Emergency’

In a long-awaited public address, President Donald Trump will reportedly direct his Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency under the Public Health Service Act during a speech set for 2 pm ET Thursday. The speech will be streamed on the White House live stream below […]


“No-Call, No-Show” Employees: Opioid Addiction Is Devastating American Manufacturers

We’ve spent a lot of time of late discussing the impact of opioids on the American workforce.  While it is unclear exactly how much of an impact opioids are having on the steadily declining labor force participation rate, one thing is clear: nearly half of working age men not in the labor force today take […]