Opioids: Hindsight is Not 20/20

The opioid crisis is the deadliest drug epidemic in US history, but we’ve seen similar scenarios before, writes the New York Times editorial board.

With 19th century morphine, “like today, the medical community was largely responsible for the epidemic.” And with AIDS in the 1980s, the federal government did “next to nothing for many years;” it took organized activism to force Congressional action. Today’s Congress has taken “only baby steps” to fund the opioid fight, and regulations on the addiction drug buprenorphine are stifling progress.

From George W. Bush to Barack Obama to Donald Trump, leaders of all parties—and Congress—have been too slow to act, they write.

The New York Times (Editorial)

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