A Conversation about America’s Opioid Addiction Epidemic

The word “heroin” strikes terror into the heart of most Americans, with good reason. But the increasing heroin problem in the U.S. is actually just a small part of a much longer and deeper epidemic that was started by doctors and pharmaceutical companies beginning in the late 1990s. Paul Costello, a terrific interviewer, asked me to chart this history and review current policy options in this episode of his show One-on-One.


[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University. He served as a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 2009 to 2010.