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PBS NEWSHOUR

How the opioid crisis became the biggest drug epidemic

  • Aired: 09/29/2017
  • 04:37
  • Rating: NR
Every day brings another story about the depth of the country’s opioid crisis. A rise of pain killer prescriptions from doctors and a pharmaceutical industry eager to boost sales in the 1990s sparked a wave of addiction that shot up by almost 500 percent in the last 15 years. As a prologue to our series covering the opioid crisis, “America Addicted,” William Brangham reports on how we got here.
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Opioid addiction is the biggest drug epidemic in U.S. history. How’d we get here?
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