PBS joins IU and the State of Indiana to tackle an epidemic
Shattering lives and unraveling families and communities, addictions and substance use disorders take a deadly toll. In 2016 alone, for example, over 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. That’s more than the number of people who died during the nation’s worst year of gun violence, the peak year of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, or during the entire Vietnam War. Annual financial costs of this epidemic are 3.5 times the annual expenditure on diabetes and 2.8 times that of cancer.