The federal government vows to help people with opioid addictions.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports opioids, including prescribed medications, heroin and fentanyl, killed more than 42,000 people in 2016.

In 2017, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency.

Three Clemson University professors from the department of public health sciences explain how the epidemic affects the young, old and unborn children.