Deep Dive: The Opioid Tsunami

It’s been called the most perilous drug crisis ever. In the United States, the epicenter of the opioid epidemic, overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999, killing 91 people every day. Pharmaceutical pain relief is an essential clinical tool, but with physicians writing some 240 million opioid prescriptions to Americans every year, the potential for addicition is enormous. Excerpts from the new HBO Documentary, Warning: This Drug May Kill You, are shown at this session, and make vivid the anguishing impact on families and communities. The bright spot here is that addiction is increasingly recognized as a medical, not a criminal problem, and new treatments are on the horizon. How do we protect the population from misusing opioids?

Festival: Spotlight Health 2017

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