Dealing with Drugs

Questionable New Responses to Opioid Addiction

It is no secret that the United States has a problem with opioids. These are drugs that come in many forms (OxyContin, Vicodin, morphine, fentanyl, and heroin are all classed as opioids) and are primarily used as painkillers. Historically, doctors found these drugs useful for helping cancer patients cope with the pain resulting from their illness. However, because of the association with opium dens and heroin, they were loath to prescribe opioids for most other conditions.

This started to change in the early 1990s as doctors began to see a potential for using opioids to treat chronic pain. Some doctors began to advocate for expanding their use, and this support was echoed by pharmaceutical companies that stood to earn billions...


serves as the Event & Executive Services Manager at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. He holds a BA in psychology from Nyack College and an MA in theological studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he is currently pursuing a second MA in church history. His academic interests include American church history generally, Evangelicalism, and the history of bioethics.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #53, Summer 2020 Copyright © 2021 Salvo |


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