A new White House report has estimated that the cost of the US opioid crisis was $504 billion in 2015.
In new astonishing figures, over 50,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2015, according to the Washington Examiner.
63% of those overdose victims were due to opioids.
The US has long had problems with the easy availability of addictive pharmaceutical drugs, yet the problem has quadrupled since the turn of the millennium.
The opioid crisis has gotten so severe that President Trump has labeled it a national health crisis and vowed to crack down on the issue.
According to the White House report, the demographic most affected was between 25 and 55, with more males than females affected.
The report stated: “This is the first but not the last publication CEA plans to issue on the opioid crisis to provide policymakers with the economic analysis needed to review and assess potential policy options.
“A better understanding of the economic causes contributing to the crisis is crucial for evaluating the success of various interventions to combat it.”