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The Opioid Crisis: A Historical Perspective

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.

This video was recorded at the Norwich Congregational Church on March 6, 2019.