A Conversation about America’s Opioid Addiction Epidemic

The word “heroin” strikes terror into the heart of most Americans, with good reason. But the increasing heroin problem in the U.S. is actually just a small part of a much longer and deeper epidemic that was started by doctors and pharmaceutical companies beginning in the late 1990s. Paul Costello, a terrific interviewer, asked me to chart this history and review current policy options in this episode of his show One-on-One.

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.