Opioid addiction and overdose are national public health emergencies that touch people from every walk of life. On the point, we discuss the diverse and evolving array of drugs that are now driving the addiction crisis, and some of the next steps we must take to prevent more people from becoming addicted and dying.
We talk about what contributed to the start of the epidemic, and if changes to opioid prescribing guidelines have had an impact.
Guests on the show are Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, and Dr. Robert Caldas, Chief Medical officer and Vice President of South Coast Health. Kathryn Eident hosts.