By Kristen Consillio firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec. 2, 2017
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NEW YORK TIMES
Opioids, highly addictive narcotics commonly used to treat pain, are prescribed to roughly 400,000 patients in Hawaii each year. It takes about three weeks for a patient to become dependent on the drug, which can stop a person’s breathing and heart, resulting in death when combined with alcohol and other depressants.