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Emergency Rooms Facing Shortages of Important Drugs

Since 2000, there has been a 200 percent increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioid painkillers.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported last month that the bulk of the increase — 80 percent — coincides with illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a synthetic opioid more potent than morphine.

The medication used to reverse fentanyl and other opioid overdoses is naloxone, or Narcan. It costs only a few dollars per treatment.