Opioids The CDC report showedsome declines in a total of 12 states, including many in NewEngland, a part of the country where the overdose crisis has beenmore acute. (Photo: Shutterstock)

If the opioid crisis in America wasn't enough of ahot-button issue before, it may get even more important in theupcoming mid-term elections. That's due, in part, topreliminary numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC) that show 2017 surpassed 2016 as the worst yearever for drug overdose deaths in America.

According to the results, nearly 200 people a day died ofoverdoses last year, or more than 72,000 people. Two-thirds ofthose deaths, both last year and in 2016 are linked to opioids.

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