man looking out over the city plagued by the opioid epidemic problem

Understanding the Severity of the Opioid Epidemic

In 2017, a public health emergency was declared due to the opioid drug epidemic. The pharmaceutical companies convinced doctors that opioid pain relievers were not addictive for twenty years, and they began to overprescribe them with little oversight. It was too late by the time science caught up and recognized how addictive and destructive they…