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Understanding the opioid epidemic

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English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Narrated by William Fichtner.

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[Arlington, VA] : PBS Distribution, [2018]


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Originally broadcast on PBS in 2018.

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic traces the causes behind the unprecedented growth in the use of prescription opiods and the devastating impact these drugs are having in virtually every part of America. The program captures the story of the opioid crisis through personal stories and interviews with experts and reveals the tragic impact of the overuse of prescription painkillers on individuals, families, and communities. The stories often begin with medical treatment for moderate to severe pain that evolve into drug addiction and death. In additon to the stories, the documentary explores the dramatic increase in the use and accetanace of prescription painkillers and addresses possible solutions to the opioid epidemic including more non-drug treatment for pain, improved opioid prescribing, and reducing the amount of opioids produced and prescribed in America.

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