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Illinois Health Officials: State Facing ‘Unprecedented’ Opioid Epidemic


Every day, more than 90 Americans die from an opioid overdose.

A new report calls overdose deaths in Illinois an “unprecedented epidemic,” with nearly 2,000 deaths in 2016 alone. What exactly is behind the recent spike, and how do Illinois officials plan to combat it?

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, joins us in discussion.

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