Painkiller Abuse, a Cyclical Challenge

From the New York Times

Even as the Food and Drug Administration approves new, powerful opioid-based painkillers, the United States is in the midst of an epidemic of opioid overuse. This is not the first time.

As the accompanying timeline shows, since the late 19th century, there have been three eras in which opioid abuse has reached problematic levels and provoked policy responses. Read more.