Suicide rates have been steadily climbing, but their numbers are likely even higher.
Nearly 72,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2017, about 7 percent more than in the previous year, CDC report.
The opioid epidemic has addicted nearly 3 million Americans and killing more than 350,000. But pregnant women and new moms are particularly vulnerable.
As Purdue Pharma faced mounting criticism over deaths linked to OxyContin, rival drugmakers saw a chance to boost sales of similarly dangerous painkillers
Many Americans over 50 favor limits on painkiller prescribing, and those who receive prescriptions need more counseling about risks and safe disposal options.
Purdue Pharma had said that taking opioids such as its painkiller OxyContin can prove dangerous even as prescribed — then appeared to backtrack a few days later.