As if the sheer human cost isn’t enough, the financial cost ofthe opioid epidemic cost the economy $95 billion in2016. According to a new analysis from Altarum, $21.4 billion of thattotal was spent on treating patients who suffer from opioidabuse.

Quantifying the economic impact of the crisis, which in 2016alone contributed to 53,054 overdose deaths, can sometimes hitharder and perhaps spur resolve among those who are a bit fartherremoved from the epidemic, as pointed out by Corey Rhyan, leadauthor of the report and senior analyst at Altarum, in a ModernHealthcare report.

Rhyan is quoted saying, “Putting a dollar value on [theepidemic] can be an impetus for more action.”

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