What if I told you that the pharmaceutical industry has very little to do with the epidemic of opioid drug overdoses and deaths in America?  What if I told you that escalating opioid deaths have very little to do with bad prescribing practices?   What I told you that these deaths stem more from drug trafficking from China than from overproduction by giant corporations?  What if I told you that government efforts to restrict opioid prescribing is a disaster for genuine pain patients?  And finally, what if these increased pain-killer drug deaths ultimately reflect the culture of despair afflicting our youth?   I can guarantee you new insights into these issues from one of my best-informed guests, Richard Lawhern, PhD. 

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