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    What is now considered to be an epidemic was initially classified as a problem among whites in rural areas, but does not discriminate by race or area.

    “We can’t just talk about whites or Hispanics; we’re talking about everyone in general. It’s an epidemic in which we’re seeing children as young as 10, 12 years old, beginning to take drugs that before were for adults, which are opioids, which is heroin,” explained Diana Plazas, Gen-Rx Project Director for CETPA, a nonprofit counseling agency specializing in mental health and substance abuse.

    According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, opioid-related deaths among Latinos rose 35 percent between 2015 and 2016, and with synthetic opioids, numbers increased 183 percent. In 2016 alone, 3,440 Hispanics suffered an opioid overdose, according to statistics from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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    Reyes would prefer not to have to depend on these highly addictive medications. He sees an epidemic of people dying from the consumption of opioids in the U.S., most of them healthy individuals who tried a pill and then could not stop. Now, their deaths are part of an alarming statistic that grows every day.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 115 people die by opioid overdose every day in the U.S.

    Between 2000 and 2016, more than 600,000 people died of drug overdose in this country, most of them by some form of an opioid drug.

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