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What causes opioid addiction, and why is it so tough to combat? - Mike Davis


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In the 1980s and 90s, pharmaceutical companies began to market opioid painkillers aggressively, while actively downplaying their addictive potential. The number of prescriptions skyrocketed, and so did cases of addiction, beginning a crisis that continues today.
 What makes opioids so addictive? Mike Davis explains what we can do to reverse the skyrocketing rates of addiction and overdose.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Mike Davis
  • Director Kunal Sen, Tisha Deb Pillai
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Art Director Kunal Sen
  • Storyboard Artist Tisha Deb Pillai
  • Music Landon Trimble / Playdate
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Script Editor Emma Bryce
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

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