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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

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Catalogue Number:  041897
Producer:  PBS Video
Subject:  Current Events, Documentary, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Social Issues
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  U.S
Copyright Year:  2018
Running Time:  56
Closed Captions:  Yes


DVD Price:  $79.99

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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic traces the causes behind the unprecedented growth in the use of prescription opioids 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 addition to the stories, the documentary explores the dramatic increase in the use and acceptance 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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