The truth about the US ‘opioid crisis’ – it is too easy to blame doctors | Marc Lewis

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/07/truth-us-opioid-crisis-too-easy-blame-doctors-not-prescriptions

The overdose epidemic is unmistakable. But it’s driven by illicit use of drugs – not those given on prescription for patients in need. The difference is keyThe news media is awash with hysteria about the opioid crisis (or opioid epidemic). But what exactly are we talking about? If you Google “opioid crisis”, nine times out of 10 the first paragraph of whatever you’re reading will report on death rates. That’s right, the overdose crisis.For example, the lead article on the “opioid crisis” on the US National Institutes of Health website begins with this sentence: “Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids.” Continue reading…

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