The Prescription Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Dreadful news last week: Overdose deaths in the U.S. are still going up. We are losing more people each year than we did to AIDS at its peak. The biggest driver has been pharmaceutical opioids. I discussed the situation on HuffPost Live yesterday with Dr. Andrew Kolodny and journalist Jason Cherkis.

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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.