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Opioids were involved in nearly 75 percent of overdose deaths in 2015

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The opioid epidemic in America is continuing to grow.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four drug overdoses in 2015 was linked to heroin.

That number was just six percent in 1999.

Overall, opioids were involved in almost 75 percent of overdose deaths. Opioids include other drugs like fentanyl and oxycodone.

The National Center for Health Statistics says there were more than 52,000 overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2015.

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