While public-health officials work arduously to stem America’s growing opioid crisis, one Rackham researcher helps investigate how to put opioids to a surprising use.
December 4, 2017
The abuse of opioids in the United States has become a crisis whose consequences are being discussed everywhere from America’s largest public-health organizations to its smallest towns. It’s an epidemic with an emotional and physical toll on millions of lives and a cost in the hundreds of billions of dollars. While some of the more than 90 deaths attributable to opioid overdose each day in this country are due to heroin or such illicit synthetics as fentanyl, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than half are the result of prescription opioids commonly administered for helping patients cope with chronic pain.