An incisive, essential guide to understanding one of today's most urgent - and complex - problems.
The opioid epidemic is responsible for longest sustained decline in U.S. life expectancy since the time of World War I and the Great Influenza.
In 2017, nearly 50,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose - with an estimated 2 million more living with opioid addiction every day. The Opioid Epidemic: What Everyone Needs to Know is an accessible, nonpartisan overview of the causes, politics, and treatments tied to the most devastating health crisis of our time.
Its comprehensive approach and Q&A format offer readers a practical path to understanding the epidemic from all sides.
This includes:* the basic science of opioids * the nature of addiction* the underlying reasons for the opioid epidemic* effective approaches to helping individuals, families, communities, and national policy* myths and common misunderstandings related to opioid addiction Written by two expert physicians and enriched with stories from their experiences in the crosshairs of this epidemic, this book is a critical resource for any general reader - and for the individuals and families fighting this fight in their own lives.