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LA Times Today: The next wave of the opioid crisis
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LA Times Today: The next wave of the opioid crisis

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It was a stunning statistic: More than 100,000 Americans died of overdoses in a one-year period ending in April of 2020, a 30% jump from the previous year.

Former L.A. Times reporter, Sam Quinones, knows the story all too well. His new book, “The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth,” details the rise of synthetic opioids and their deadly consequences.