Opioid Epidemic: A Case Study

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On average, approximately 650,000 opioid prescription are written every day. In addition, each day 78 Americans die from an opioid-related overdose. (The opioid epidemic, 2016). Doctors undoubtedly play a big role in our opioid problem. As previously mentioned, the pharmaceutical companies are big reason for this. In addition, doctors just don’t want to deal with drug abuse problems, so they ignore them. Anna Lembke says, “It's something that a lot of doctors avoid, which is also why a lot of doctors don't even ask their patients about substance abuse problems, because they just don't want to go there. They don't want to have to deal with the tension that arises in the interaction, in the moment when they are talking about something that the
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