Prescribing opioids

Listen 49:48
This Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen  (Patrick Sison/AP Photo, File)

This Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen (Patrick Sison/AP Photo, File)

Guests: Anupam Jena, Jonathan Reisman

The staggering rise of opioid-related deaths in America has reached critical mass, causing the public and politicians alike to figure out the causes, and solutions, of and increasingly dire situation. Since studies have shown that addiction often begins with a prescription, doctors and pharmaceutical companies are getting a lot of the blame for the epidemic. Today on the show, we’re going to talk about how, why, and when painkillers get prescribed. Joining us will be E.R. physician JONATHAN REISMAN, and by associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, ANUPAM JENA.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.