Deaths caused by synthetic opioids increased by 72 percent nationwide from 2014 to 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
President Trump signed an executive order to set up a new national opioid commission to combat opioid abuse. But what can a commission reasonably accomplish?
Dr. Charles Reznikoff is an addiction specialist who examines the causes of opioid abuse and the overuse of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin.
He joined host Tom Weber to talk about Minnesota's opioid epidemic.
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