IT STARTED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS...
In 2012, doctors in the U.S. wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers… that's enough to provide every single U.S. adult with 30 days of the drugs.
So how is it that an epidemic can go on for 20 years; cause hundreds of thousands of fatalities; and begin under Clinton, but remain unaddressed by a U.S. President until Obama’s final year in office?
These were the questions that led Guardian reporter, Chris McGreal, to delve into the heart of the biggest drug epidemic in modern history: America’s opioid crisis.
In this episode, McGreal discusses how, as with so many tragedies, it started with good intentions…