Opioids are still needed for many chronic pain patients | USA TODAY

Opioids are still needed for many chronic pain patients | USA TODAY



Garrett Greene takes opioid medication for pain management and has struggled to find effective treatment.

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Drug-related deaths among people 18 to 34 soared 108% between 2007 and 2017, while alcohol deaths were up 69% and suicides increased 35%, according to an analysis of the latest federal data by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust.

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