11/21/2022

Best of Heard Tell: The Opioid Epidemic: What We Should, and Can, Do About It w/ Dr Keith Humphreys

From 2021:


The Opioid epidemic is still raging through communities even as other events dominate the news headlines. But with over 90K dead from overdoses in 2020, there is no end in sight to the crisis. We turn to Dr. Keith Humphreys who has been an addiction expert for many years on his recent testimony before a US Senate committee on the opioid crisis, how the new synthetic drugs like Fentanyl are a whole new level of deadly challenge, why "it's just addicts getting what they deserve" fails not only on a human level but in cost to communities as well. We also ask him as a former advisor to the Obama White House on drug policy what government can/can't do about addiction issues, and as a psychiatrist what everyday people should be doing to help each other in the darkest of human trials. Also, as a native West Virginian, we get his thoughts on the ongoing civil trial in federal court of drug manufactures by Huntington, WV and how that might change the landscape in the fight against Big Pharma and the Opioid Crisis going forward.

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