America is facing a serious health crisis involving opioid drugs. On average, 3,900 people begin using prescription opioid painkillers for nonmedical use every day, greatly increasing each person’s risk for addiction and overdose. Deaths involving opioid overdoses have more than quadrupled since 1999. The article “Opioids and the Overdose Epidemic” helps to show the extent of the crisis as well as what is causing it. The article also explains that while prescription opioid pain medications can play an important role in a person’s medical care, they need to be used with extreme care. Included is advice on how students can keep themselves and loved ones safe.