America's Opioid Epidemic A record number of Americans have died from opioid overdoses in recent years. But how did we get here? And is this the first time Americans have faced this crisis? The short answer: no.
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America's Opioid Epidemic

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America's Opioid Epidemic

America's Opioid Epidemic

America's Opioid Epidemic

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Man standing, opioids in shadow.
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A record number of Americans have died from opioid overdoses in recent years. But how did we get here? And is this the first time Americans have faced this crisis? The short answer: no. Three stories of opioids that have plagued Americans for more than 150 years.


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