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.”

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2015/05/opioid-abuse-a-main-street-scourge/

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