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US: Stephen Mihm: The U.S. faced, and beat, an opiate-addiction crisis 150 years ago (Opinion)
Associated Press – July 23, 2017
It’s true that there’s an opioid epidemic, a public health disaster. It’s not true that it’s unprecedented. A remarkably similar epidemic beset the United States some 150 years ago. The story of that earlier catastrophe offers some sobering lessons as to how to address the problem.