Opioid crisis grows in Puerto Rico amid hurricane recovery



As Puerto Rico continues to struggle with a financial crisis and the devastation of Hurricane Maria, a new problem is growing on the island. Associated Press reporter Dánica Coto spoke to CBSN about how the U.S. territory is coping with the opioid epidemic.

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18 Comments

  1. Next they will be calling for American to help them somehow someway, as if we don't have our own issues. Hurricane Harvey ring any bells….

  2. How many deaths were in America in 2017 because of opioid-related deaths? It's a world problem. Because nobody's holding the people responsible

  3. Puerto Rico's GNP grew 8% in 2018, Puerto Rico Government revenues are up 25% in fiscal year 2019, Retail sales grew 15% in 2018, car sales went up 27% in 2018, bank deposits incremented 8% in 2018. What economic crisis are we talking about?

    If anything we have a fiscal crisis because even though the increase in government revenue Puerto Rico's government has been obligated to cut spending so all the new revenue will be used to pay debt that hasn't been reduced in the bankruptcy process.

  4. Opioid overdose deaths in Puerto Rico were 200 or 6.25 per 100,000 inhabitants last year, USA had more than 70,000 or 21.34 per 100,000 inhabitants. Who's in crisis now ?

  5. If the hurricane recovery was still an issue they wouldn't have money to waste on opiods. Just look to states with the drug testing for welfare. On average welfare recipient drug use is well BELOW the national average. Meaning people in crisis don't have money to waste on drugs.

  6. 70,000 opioid (mostly heroin) overdose deaths All Across America!! 200 heroin / Fentynal overdose deaths in PR🥺 this is tragic & very sad; there are 70,000 people dying all across America! Drugs must be stopped at the border. Close the borders Please.

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