Critical Perspectives on the Opioid Epidemic

Critical Perspectives on the Opioid Epidemic

by Paula Johanson


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The number of people who are addicted to opioids, or drugs that are derived from the narcotic opium, is increasing at staggering levels around the world. This has led to a full-fledged opioid epidemic, particularly in the United States and Canada, in which more people are dying from opioid overdoses than ever before. Why is this a problem? How can opioid abuse be curbed and whom does it affect? These are some of the questions addressed in this book, which examines this important issue from all sides. Students will read viewpoints from doctors and researchers, politicians and judges, and former addicts, as well as the media in order to form their own opinions on potential solutions to this worrisome epidemic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780766084872
Publisher: Enslow Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Series: Analyzing the Issues Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chapter 1 What the Experts Say 7

Chapter 2 What the Government Says 40

Chapter 3 What the Courts Say 72

Chapter 4 What the Advocates Say 107

Chapter 5 What the Media Say 149

Chapter 6 What Ordinary People Say 173

Conclusion 207

Bibliography 209

Chapter Notes 212

Glossary 228

For Further Reading 229

Index 230

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