President Trump has declared a public health emergency.
In 2016, more than 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States, and more than half of these were opioid-related. That's up 19 percent from 2015.
Now, a new report from leading public health experts recommends urgent action on this crisis.
MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke to two health care practitioners involved with this report: Pat Gleason, senior outcomes researcher with Prime Therapeutics and an adjunct professor of pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, and Andrew Kolodny, co-director of opioid policy research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Use the audio player above to hear the full discussion