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  Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. In her new book, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America, journalist Beth Macy traces the opioid epidemic back to its roots.

Sharyn Morrow

Tonight's City Visions is a rebroadcast of our November 2016 show on the nation's opioid crisis.

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.

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Andy Bosselman

In the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, the San Francisco Police Department may be preventing injection drug users from getting clean needles. That could violate the department’s own guidelines — and have deadly consequences.

  

Vancouver and San Francisco are iconic West Coast cities with many things in common -- including large numbers of people addicted to hard drugs. In recent years, Vancouver has been at the forefront of new approaches to addiction, including safe injection sites. 

142 Americans die of a drug overdose every day, according to the CDC. A White House commission is urging the Trump administration to declare a national emergency. A number of states, cities, and counties, including Ohio and Missouri, are suing pharmaceutical companies saying they caused the crisis with a campaign of fraud and deception. 

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.