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

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

Press HeraldDoctor's letter might have lit the fuse for opioid epidemicPress HeraldNearly 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;

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

Daily BeastHow This Doctor's Letter Kicked Off America's Opioid and Heroin CrisisDaily BeastIn 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 »

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

Did a 1980 Letter Help Spark the U.S. Opioid Crisis?Philly.comWEDNESDAY, 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 »

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

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

CBC.caOpioid epidemic fuelled by 1 paragraph in journal, doctors sayCBC.caA 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 »

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

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

ABC NewsPainful words: How a 1980 letter fueled the opioid epidemicABC NewsFILE - 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 »

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

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

Los Angeles TimesHow a 5-sentence letter helped fuel the opioid addiction crisisLos Angeles TimesClose 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;

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

National PostA tiny 100-word research article helped start the deadly opioid crisis, Canadian study showsNational PostThe 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 »