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Why Are Doctors Still Prescribing Opioids? | Orbitals 404

Over half a million people in the US have died from an opioid overdose over the last 20 years, and a lot of the time they were prescribed those opioids by a doctor. So what makes these drugs so dangerous? And if we know they can be this dangerous, why are they still prescribed? This month’s episode is about opioids—their history, their use, and the research that might help us emerge from this epidemic.

Featuring opioid researcher Kelly Dunn, PhD

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