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City Visions: How doctors fueled the opioid epidemic

Nov 28, 2016

According to the CDC, three out of four people addicted to heroin started out on a prescription opioid.

Host Joseph Pace addresses the perils of opioid use - and abuse - with Dr. Anna Lembke of Stanford University School of Medicine, author of the book Drug Dealer, M.D.

Significantly more people now die of overdoses than car accidents.  How did well-meaning doctors - and well-meaning public policies - help fuel the opioid epidemic?

Producer: Wendy Holcombe

Guest:  Anna Lembke, M.D., Chief of Addiction Medicine and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine;  Author, Drug Dealer, M.D.