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The Opioid Epidemic – Enough is Enough!
By Shalini Shah, MD
I am overdosed on reading about overdoses. It seems just everywhere we turn —from national coverage on 60 minutes week after week, to the Wall Street Journal this week, to Sanjay Gupta’s “Town Hall” on CNN last week, we cannot escape the opioid epidemic. The problem was underscored in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report,” two weeks ago where our very own Bay Area counties were featured due to an outbreak of counterfeit Norco poisonings. The California Department of Public Health, local media, law enforcement agencies, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are all implementing various response programs and investigations.
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