The Opioid Epidemic: How It Snuck Up On Us
We now recognize the highly addictive nature of opioids. But that recognition comes only after far too many of us have been overprescribed what we were told was helpful and harmless medicine. Now we as a nation are suffering from an opioid epidemic that has destroyed – and is destroying – the lives of thousands.
To better understand how this epidemic snuck up on us we hear about drug addiction from the perspective of Judge Linda Davis, who harbored a hardline, anti-drug stance until opioid addiction entered her own family, and David Clayton, a person in long-term recovery from opioid addiction.
Together, through Families Against Narcotics, Judge Davis and David Clayton are working to support those affected by opioid addiction. As Executive Director, Judge Davis is determined to stop the stigma surrounding addiction. As Regional Director/ Outreach Coordinator, David Clayton is using his own story of overcoming addiction to bring hope to those still suffering.
Our nation now grapples with staggering rates of opioid addiction and related fatalities, largely the result of prolific and often careless over-prescribing of these dangerous drugs by doctors and dentists, and fueled by aggressive, deceitful pharmaceutical companies.
This episode is working to stop the stigma surrounding addiction and get help to those who need it.
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