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YOUR SCARY-ASS CHART OF THE DAY: From 1999-2014, drug overdose deaths have soared nationwide, includ…

YOUR SCARY-ASS CHART OF THE DAY: From 1999-2014, drug overdose deaths have soared nationwide, including in many rural areas, spurred by prescription painkillers, heroin and synthetic opioids including fentanyl.
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