Doctor's letter might have lit the fuse for opioid epidemic - Press Herald

Nearly 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 »

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 that opioids weren't addictive. He couldn't have been more wrong—but his claims spread like wildfire. Brandy Zadrozny ...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 »

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

Close to 200,000 Americans have died by overdosing on prescription painkillers, and a new report traces some of the blame to five simple sentences written nearly 40 years ago. The sentences, containing just 101 words, appeared in a 1980 issue of the ...and more »

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

The article is a single paragraph long, five sentences and 100 words, the bylines and pair of footnotes taking up almost as much space as the paper itself. But there is new evidence that the curt research “letter” published in 1980 in one of the world ...and more »

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

FILE - 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. A report released Wednesday, May 31, 2017 traces how a short letter in a ...and more »

Did a 1980 Letter Help Spark the U.S. Opioid Crisis? -

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Today's U.S. opioid epidemic is rooted in a 1980 letter to a medical journal that played down the potential for painkiller addiction, a new report states. The 101-word letter, written by Boston University ...and more »

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

It was only a paragraph long – just 100 words. So short, I'll quote the whole thing. Recently, we examined our current files to determine the incidence of narcotic addiction in 39,946 hospitalized medical patients who were monitored consecutively ...and more »