Your guide to a public health crisis that's likely to get worse.
While talking about drugs with young people isn't always comfortable, research has shown that it's critical for prevention.
Drug addiction isn't about bad habits, fear of withdrawal or a selfish search for pleasure. It's about the brain.
HIV, STIs and other dangerous infections are feeding off of the opioid epidemic, creating an even more complicated threat to public health.
If opioids prevent significant suffering, then the solution to the prescription opioid problem cannot simply be to stop using them.