Counting the costs (even for kids) of the opioid crisis

The human cost of the opioid crisis is impossible to compute, but researchers are attempting to calculate an economic figure. A 2017 Council of Economic Advisors CEA estimates that in 2015, the economic cost of the opioid crisis was $504 billion, or 2.8 percent of GDP that year after accounting for lost productive years and health-related costs. Often overlooked in the stats: Pediatric intensive care admissions for opioid overdoses doubled from 2004 to 2015; in 1- to 5-year-olds, 20 percent of patients had ingested methadone, indicating that even adults in treatment put children at risk.