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In 2016, the epidemic cost Medicare an estimated $6.4 billion, with private payers and the uninsured forking over a combined $6.3 billion. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As if the sheer human cost isn’t enough, the financial cost of the opioid epidemic cost the economy $95 billion in 2016. According to a new analysis from Altarum, $21.4 billion of that total was spent on treating patients who suffer from opioid abuse.


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