https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/ The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. Opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record. Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/11/health/hepatitis-c-rates-cdc-study/ New hepatitis C infections triple due to opioid epidemic
Deaths from opioid epidemic may be underestimated http://www.cbsnews.com/news/opioid-epidemic-cdc-says-deaths-might-be-underestimated/