Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

DVD, PBS, 2018, 60 Minutes, High School-College

This DVD traces the causes behind the unprecedented growth in the use of prescription opioids and the impact these drugs are having in virtually every part of America. It shares the story of the opioid crisis through personal interviews with experts and reveals the impact of the overuse of prescription painkillers on individuals, families, and communities. The stories often begin with medical treatment for moderate to severe pain that evolve into drug addiction and death. It explores the increase in the use and acceptance of prescription painkillers and addresses possible solutions to the opioid epidemic including more non-drug treatment for pain, improved opioid prescribing, and reducing the amount of opioids produced and prescribed in America.

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