Americans Have Been Addicted to Prescription Opiates Forever

March 16, 2016

(Wired) – The recommendations came out yesterday, but this problem isn’t new: Opiates have always oscillated between medicine and drug. Their regulatory history reflects the precarious balancing act between help and harm—one that the CDC’s new recommendations will address, but never solve. Whether humans first used opiates to soothe pain or create pleasure is akin to asking about the precedence of chickens or eggs.

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