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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 http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR). 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 »

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 »

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

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 »

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 »