The Opioid Epidemic

The opioid crisis is the worst addiction epidemic in American history. Drug overdoses kill more than 64,000 people per year, and the nation’s life expectancy has fallen for two years in a row. But there is a key part of the story that statistics can’t tell. Over the last year, photographer James Nachtwey set out to document the opioid crisis in America through the people on its front lines.

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Interactive video Stories

The Facts on the Opioid Epidemic

Short 2 minute video explaining the Opioid Epidemic

This is what happens to your brain on opioids

Four minute visual on what happens to the brain on opioids

Defining & Defeating the Opioid Crisis

A pharmacist's unique perspective on the Opioid Crisis

Powerful video and article about a couple who overdosed on heroin in public and how they were able to become sober after help was provided to them after decades of being addicted 

Easy read on a personal account of how Narcan saved the author's life and important facts on Narcan. 

Longer read on the importance of doctors and other medical providers involvement in the Opioid Crisis and what has worked so far in Vermont and New Mexico

Fentanyl: How ITs Making the Opioid Epidemic Worse

Fentanyl is a fully synthetic opioid, 100x stronger than morphine and 50x stronger than heroin, its causing the already numerous overdoses to continue to rise

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