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The Opioid Crisis: A Historical Perspective
Norwich Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
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Today’s opioid epidemic is usually portrayed as a new and shocking development. Yet it is only the most recent crisis in more than a century of widespread addiction to pharmaceuticals. Historian David Herzberg tells the story of past epidemics of addiction and draws lessons from America’s long history of drug policy failures and occasional successes.
For more information
- “How Advertising Shaped the First Opioid Epidemic,” Smithsonianmag.com
- “Inside a Killer Drug Epidemic: A Look at America’s Opioid Crisis,” New York Times