Fatal overdoses from heroin, painkillers, and other opioids have quadrupled in the U.S. since 1999, killing more than 33-thousand (33,091) people in 2015. In the battle against that drug epidemic, the Affordable Care Act has emerged as a first line of defense, offering treatment services that can save addicts’ lives. But the new administration, and the new congress, have promised to repeal Obamacare. And that could have devastating effects in places like Louisville, Kentucky, where overdose deaths recently surged by 31% in a single year. Dexter Thomas reports.
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