Clea Simon of the Harvard Correspondent reports in the Gazette on a panel convened to discuss the growing and out of control epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse.

Interesting facts:
1. “Only 50% of chronic pain responds to opiates”

2. “18 billion opioid pills were dispensed in 2012, enough to give everyone in the US over 18 years of age 75 pills.”

Photo by Noah Leavitt

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