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Sesame Street welcomes Karli, whose mother has an opioid addiction

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In 2017, an estimated 1.7 million individuals in the United States suffered from an addiction to prescription opioids. In the same year, 47,600 people died from opioid overdoses, more than half the 70,200 who died from all overdoses. 

While opioid addiction has been a problem for a while, action is finally starting to be taken. Doctors are becoming increasingly vigilant in the pain relief they prescribe. In 2011, the equivalent of 240 billion milligrams of morphine was prescribed. That number was down to 29.2 billion in 2018.