Some Nuance on Opioids

We need both quantitative and qualitative subtlety about the opioid epidemic. Dr. Marcia Angell brings both in this review of a cluster of related books. Since you’re busy trussing a sheep or stuffing a souffle I’ll executive summarize it:

  1. Street drugs now kill many more people than prescription painkiller addiction.
  2. Prescription painkillers are the only way to make a breath breathable for those in significant pain

If you’re looking for some light holiday reading, prose that reminds you of the season’s glitter, flip through Angell’s writing on medical approaches to addiction.

Peace and love to all.

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