The opioid crisis has hit a new peak in recent months, with more than 5 million people overdosing on the drug, according to a new report.
The number of overdose deaths has risen to nearly 10,000 per day, the largest increase in a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.
The rise comes as Congress grapples with a backlog of $3.6 trillion in unfunded liabilities that includes $600 billion for opioid treatment.
The report from the Centers For Disease Control’s Division of Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Treatment highlighted the challenges the nation faces in managing the epidemic.
More than 1 in 4 people ages 25 to 64 are currently in a state of acute overdose, the report found.
More than 60 percent of people who die from an overdose are younger than 65.
The opioid crisis is taking its toll on the economy, as more than 4.4 million Americans lost their jobs in March.
A study released this week by the National Association of Manufacturers said nearly 60 percent were laid off during the recession.