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Fentanyl-related overdose deaths have increased drastically in the U.S. since 2014. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported almost 74,000 deaths in 2022. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration)

Common Sense Institute Arizona report estimates fentanyl, opioid crisis cost Arizona $58 billion in 2023

PHOENIX – Common Sense Institute Arizona published a report on the growing fentanyl crisis in Arizona, estimating a cost of $58 billion in 2023. The nonpartisan think tank’s report included the costs of fatalities, opioid use disorder, hospitalizations and border security.

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