The Opioid Epidemic

The Opioid Epidemic

Publication date: May 11, 2019

The opioid epidemic is responsible for longest sustained decline in U.S. life expectancy since the time of World War I and the Great Influenza. In 2017, nearly 50,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose – with an estimated 2 million more living with opioid addiction every day. The Opioid Epidemic: What Everyone Needs to Know(R) is an accessible, nonpartisan overview of the causes, politics, and treatments tied to the most devastating health crisis of our time. Its comprehensive approach and Q&A format offer readers a practical path to understanding the epidemic from all sides: the basic science of opioids; the nature of addiction; the underlying reasons for the opioid epidemic; effective approaches to helping individuals, families, communities, and national policy; and common myths related to opioid addiction. Written by two expert physicians and enriched with stories from their experiences the crosshairs of this epidemic, this book is a critical resource for any general reader — and for the individuals and families fighting this fight in their own lives.

Concepts Keywords
Addiction Drug overdose
Crosshairs Heroin
Epidemic Opioid use disorder
Influenza Opioid epidemic
Nonpartisan Substance dependence
Opioid Morphinans
Opioid Addiction Organic compounds
Opioid Epidemic Morphine
Opioid Overdose Opioids
Opioids Psychoactive drugs
Oxford RTT


Type Source Name
disease DOID Substance Abuse
disease MESH Substance Abuse
disease MESH communities
disease DOID Influenza
disease MESH Influenza


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