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The Habit

Opioid addiction is a national epidemic. According to the U.S Department of Health & Human Services, “drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States.” In this episode, Nathan, Ed and Brian look at America’s long history with opioids – like opium, morphine and heroin. They’ll discuss how late 19th century doctors spurred the nation’s first addiction crisis and how race and class have shaped our perception of addicts and addiction.