Where do we go from here? It’s clear the United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis. Less clear is how to end it – or what an “end” would even look like.

Journalistically speaking, opioid addiction seemed ripe for the taking. I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for, other than a new angle on a crisis that seems to be in the news every single day. So I set out – blindly, but guided by good faith.

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Prescribing with care: How doctors use medication to combat opioid addiction

Steve Smrha began his medical career with what he thought was a reasonable goal: to help patients with drug addictions stop using drugs. “Completely sober for the rest of your life,” as Smrha described it. But it didn’t take long for him to realize “completely sober” isn’t always possible

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