History of the Opioid Epidemic

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Opium became available in the US in 1775. Opioids were used treat soldiers in the 1860s during the civil war and many soldiers became addicted to them. In 1914, the Harrison Narcotics Act regulated opioids to limit their recreational usage. In the 1970s, the stigma of addiction led doctors to avoid prescribing opioids and instead opting for surgical operations to block nerves from receiving pain signals. However, in the 1980s and 1990s, opioids began to be used again to relieve pain from chronic disease. As of 2017, the overdose death rate has grown to 142 per day.

This image was first used on: The Opioid Crisis in America: An Overview

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