Why chemical industry is the fastest-growing sector in the U.S.

Chemical and pharmaceutical companies are growing faster than any other industry in the United States, but are still struggling to keep up.

| AP Photo The industry is growing faster at a time of economic and social stress.

| REUTERS Chemicals in the news Chemicals make up nearly 80 percent of U. S. exports.

| Reuters Chemicals are among the fastest growing industries in the country, with a population of 2.5 billion and a $27 trillion annual sales market.

| POLITICO/The Hill Chemical and Pharmaceutical companies are booming, but the economy is not.

| USA Today The economy is booming.

| CNN/Opinion The economy has grown by more than 25 percent since 2009, and that number is expected to continue to rise as the global economy recovers.

| Bloomberg The U..

S.’s chemical industry continues to boom.

| The Washington Post The opioid epidemic is costing the industry billions.

| CNBC The opioid crisis is costing American manufacturers billions.

The number of drug overdose deaths has tripled over the past five years.

| Business Insider The opioid addiction crisis is hurting the economy, costing billions of dollars.

| Politico The opioid overdose death rate is on the rise.

| NYT The number and rate of opioid overdoses in the US has risen over the last five years, but that trend has not slowed.

| ABC/Reuters The opioid problem has been exacerbated by the opioid crisis.

| Newsweek A growing number of Americans are suffering from addiction to prescription painkillers.

| NPR The opioid painkiller epidemic has cost America more than $200 billion.

| CBS News The opioid abuse epidemic is killing hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.

| Washington Post Health experts say the opioid epidemic has created a dangerous cocktail of stressors, including increased drug overdoses, increased drug use and increased hospitalizations and deaths.

| NBC News The cost of prescription opioids is spiraling out of control, and is the main driver behind a rising number of opioid deaths.