The U.S. Surgeon General is sending a letter to the doctors, warning them about the Opioid epidemic. In it, Dr. Vivek Murthy asks for help to solve the urgent health crisis. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people in the U.S. died from overdoses related to pain medications. Murthy shared tips for prescribing Opioids, such as trying other pain relief approaches first like physical therapy or non-addictive medications.