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The Epidemic That Medicine Made

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The misuse of opioid painkillers has become a major health crisis. How can the tide be turned?

As a high school senior in Arlington, Mass., Michael Duggan had a lot to look forward to. He was an athlete and a good student, near the top of his class. Then he broke his wrist during a hockey game and landed in surgery, which resulted in a prescription for the painkiller oxycodone. “I loved the high it produced immediately,” Duggan says. The young athlete...

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