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How a 5-sentence letter helped fuel the opioid addiction crisis - Los Angeles Times

Experts relate the lax use of prescription opioids with the surge in heroin use. (Sign up for our free video newsletter here Close to 200,000 Americans have died by overdosing on prescription painkillers, and a new report traces ...and more »

Painful words: How a 1980 letter fueled the opioid epidemic - STAT

early 40 years ago, a respected doctor wrote a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine with some very good news: Out of nearly 40,000 patients given powerful pain drugs in a Boston hospital, only four addictions were documented. Doctors had been ...and more »

Opioid epidemic fuelled by 1 paragraph in journal, doctors say -

A Canadian doctor says a one paragraph letter in a prestigious medical journal was part of a push to convince physicians to prescribe opioids more freely by downplaying addiction risks. The 1980 letter to the editor in the New England Journal of ...and more »

A tiny 100-word research article helped start the deadly opioid crisis, Canadian study shows - National Post

A mother holds hydromorphone — a powerful opioid — prescribed to her daughter after surgery. A new Canadian study documents how a one-paragraph 1980 article helped de-stigmatize narcotics and fuel the opioid crisis. Tom Blackwell. May 31, 2017 9:48 ...and more »

How This Doctor's Letter Kicked Off America's Opioid and Heroin Crisis - Daily Beast

In 1980, a doctor wrote a short letter to a prestigious medical journal saying opioids weren't addictive. He couldn't have been more wrong—but his claims spread like wildfire. Brandy Zadrozny. 05.31.17 6:20 PM ET. Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast ...and more »

Did This 100-Word Letter Help Spark The Opioid Epidemic? - Forbes

Matthew Herper , Forbes Staff I cover science and medicine, and believe this is biology's century. New England Journal of Medicine. Did this letter help start the opioid epidemic? It was only a paragraph long–just 100 words. So short, I'll quote the ...and more »

Opioid Epidemic: Could it Come Down to a Short 1980 Letter in NEJM? - Laboratory Equipment

In this Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, a pharmacy tech poses for a picture with hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, the generic version of Vicodin in Edmond, Okla. Photo: Sue Ogrocki, AP File. More than 183,000 Americans died of opioid ...and more »

Tracing the origins of the Opioid epidemic - WILX-TV

A new report traces how a short letter in a medical journal in 1980 helped sow the seeds of today's opioid epidemic by helping to convince doctors that these powerful painkillers carried less risk of addiction than they actually do. The letter in the ...and more »