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America finds itself in the midst of an opioid epidemic. In 2016, about 64,000 Americans died due to drug overdoses, surpassing the entire death toll for the entire  Vietnam War in a single year. About two-thirds of those deaths were directly tied to opioid use....

Taken under a physician’s supervision, prescription opioids have proven value alleviating pain. But outside a therapeutic context, opioids nurture destructive addictions, and even death. The painkillers can become killers. To understand this path from prescription drug use to lethal overdose, it’s helpful to appreciate two features...