PBS NewsHour

How the opioid crisis became the biggest drug epidemic

Clip: 09/29/2017 | 4m 37s

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.

Aired: 09/29/17

Rating: NR

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