It’s relatively new to America’s drug scene, but in the last few years, its victims have included everyone from musician Prince to a 10-year-old boy in Miami. The culprit is fentanyl, a lesser-known—but incredibly lethal—opioid that has become increasingly prevalent in the United States.
Some U.S. counties have seen a 70-fold increase in drug overdose deaths in the last few decades, a new study finds.
The U.S. is currently embroiled in an opioid epidemic—the drugs were involved in 28,647 deaths in 2014, up 200 percent from the year 2000. And while researchers have developed painkillers that are harder to abuse andmedications that reduce the effects of opioids once a person has overdosed, there is currently nothing on the market to stop opioids’ effects altogether. Now a team of researchers is hoping to change that.
Eminem sat down with Men’s Journal to talk about how the boxing film ‘Southpaw’ is similar to a real situation he went through in December 2007, when Slim Shady overdosed on pills and was taken to a hospital, where his addiction to Vicodin and Valium took over his life.