The opioid health epidemic is getting more expensive, and Donald Trump says he knows what can quell the crisis. (Photo: iStock)

How much is opioid addiction costing the United States?

A new study from Fair Health Inc., a New York City-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to health care, finds that medical services for privately insured patients dealing with opioid dependence increased 3,000 percent from 2007 to 2014. Specifically, medical services performed on such patients increased to 7 million from 217,000.

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