The Epidemic of Prescription Drug Addiction and Overdose

John Buntin has a powerful piece in Governing Magazine about prescription opioid addiction and overdose. I joined John, Jennifer Smith and Harry Chen to discuss this issue on To The Point. As ever, Warren Olney skillfully kept the group conversation active and coherent. The discussion begins at 8 minute mark:

p.s. On the show I fumbled the dose relationship between Zohydro and Vicodin, which I was grateful to Warren for catching. Vicodin contains hydrocodone at 5mg and 10mg levels, whereas Zohydro contains it at 10mg to 50mg. Thus, the weakest dose of the latter is equal to the strongest of the former, and at the maximum, Zohydro is 5 or 10 times as strong as Vicodin.

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College Lonon. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over ten thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.