More than 1 million Americans have died from an opioid overdose since OxyContin was first released in 1996.
The statistics are staggering: In the first year of the pandemic, the federal government reported a record 100,000 annual overdose deaths. One in three Americans says drug use has been a cause of problems in their family.
Dopesick author Beth Macy spoke to James Hohmann about the ongoing opioid crisis and the new Hulu series based on her bestselling book.
“Epidemiologists predict that overdose deaths in the US will have doubled to nearly 2 million by 2029,” Macy wrote in an op-ed for The Post. “Until we stop arresting and abandoning people who use drugs and start reaching out to them where they are with treatment and compassion, there will rarely be families who remain untouched.”
Read Beth Macy’s comment.