Addiction Nation: Understanding America's Opioid Crisis

Posted
October 11, 2017
Syringes, pills, and bottles. Image credit: qimono/Pixabay.

Some 77 million Americans are personally affected in some way by the opioid epidemic, and at least 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. During this special episode, The Takeaway dives deep into the crisis. Here’s what you’ll find:

An estimated 50 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain, and as doctors struggle to figure out how to treat it, the opioid epidemic has grown in its wake. Keith Wailoo, an expert on pain and author of Pain: A Political History, explains. He is joined on the show by a number of other experts.

Listen to the story at The Takeaway.

Area of Interest: 
Medicine & Health
Region: 
United States
Period: 
20th Century
21st Century