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OPIOID EPIDEMIC: Should the Government Take More Aggressive Measures to Address the Opioid Crisis?
Americans die from opioid abuse every day, and even short periods of prescription painkiller use can lead to devastating consequences. The government should restrict access to opioids and hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for their role in the crisis.
Cracking down on opioid use will cause difficulties for patients with chronic pain who legitimately need powerful painkillers. Demonizing pharmaceutical companies that are trying to make drugs more abuse-deterrent will not help address the epidemic.
Let your students review the facts and decide for themselves: Should the government take more aggressive measures to address the opioid crisis? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this timely issue. Enhance the debate with the discussion questions, “By the Numbers” data, primary sources, Intelligence Squared U.S. debate videos, editorials, and newsfeed that are linked to the article.
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