Opioids The CDC report showed some declines in a total of 12 states, including many in New England, a part of the country where the overdose crisis has been more acute. (Photo: Shutterstock)

If the opioid crisis in America wasn’t enough of a hot-button issue before, it may get even more important in the upcoming mid-term elections. That’s due, in part, to preliminary numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that show 2017 surpassed 2016 as the worst year ever for drug overdose deaths in America.

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

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