Harry J. Anslinger. Richard Nixon. Ronald Reagan.
Harry, Tricky Dick, and the Duke. These three men shaped our modern culture, and they unwittingly exacerbated the issue that has grown into the opioid crisis.
In order to understand today's crisis, we need to understand where it came from. The biggest obstacle to overcoming the opioid crisis is stigma. This stigma is rooted in our history, going all the way back to the early 20th century, when it was criminalized on a large scale in the United States.
Addiction is treatable, treatment works, and people recover.
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