The United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis unlike anything we have seen in medicine since the HIV epidemic in the 1990s. In order to understand the origins of this opioid epidemic, we need to go back to the early 1990s.
Pain killers after a dentist appointment were the start of struggles for Drake, 32, who began his battle with opioid abuse for more than a decade. His addiction has made life harder for his 8-year-old daughter, Ava. cnn.it/2xLwUOp
Nevada has the fourth-highest drug overdose mortality rate, 20.7 per 100,000 residents in 2010, and the state’s doctors write 94 painkiller prescriptions for every 100 residents. Plus, 35 percent of the state’s high school students in 2013 reported having taken painkillers without a doctor’s prescription. ... See MoreSee Less