The number of people dying from opioids is on the rise in several states.
The opioid epidemic is killing more people in the U.S. than car accidents and HIV infections.
But it’s also hitting people with serious health problems harder.
In Florida, the number of opioid overdoses jumped by nearly 60% last year, according to the Florida Department of Health.
The number of overdose deaths is also on the uptick in several other states.
Florida is a battleground state, with the presidential race still in its infancy, with Trump leading in polls nationally.
In Michigan, there were more than 6,000 opioid deaths in 2016, with more than 10,000 people dying, according the Michigan Department of Public Health.
In Florida, there are about 9,000 deaths annually.
There is a growing concern among experts that opioid overdose could lead to addiction, according at least one expert.
The American Academy of Addiction Medicine said in a statement that it has been alarmed by the opioid epidemic.
In its statement, the AMA said that opioids are a risk factor for substance use disorder.
“A new report published in the journal Addiction on Tuesday warns that increasing availability of opioids is a major driver of opioid use among adolescents, as well as the opioid overdose death rate among those under age 25,” the AMA statement said.
“We need to take this crisis seriously and address the underlying causes of the epidemic before it continues.”