NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Dr. Mitch Rosenthal, founder of Phoenix House, and Peter Santoro, a VP at Lower Eastside Service Center, came to Good Day New York to talk about America's opioid crisis.
Santoro told his very personal story of addiction to opiates more than 25 years ago. After losing everything, he entered his ninth treatment facility – Lower Eastside Service Center – and got clean. Today, he is a vice president of the very same agency that saved his life.
Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs racks up more than $740 billion every year in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and health care, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Of that price tag, abuse of prescription opioids accounts for about $78.5 billion.
From 2002 to 2015, the number of deaths from opioid overdoses has nearly tripled, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
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