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America’s Opioid Crisis: Abuse, Trafficking, And Paths To Recovery

Addiction psychiatrist Sally Satel explains the unintended consequences of painkillers and how we arrived at this drug crisis on Federalist Radio.

Sally Satel is resident scholar at AEI, an addiction psychiatrist, and lectures at the Yale University School of Medicine. Satel joins Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss America’s latest opioid epidemic, the causes, the political ramifications, and what communities are doing about it.

“One of the biggest problems of over prescribing is the diversion of too much drug being out there. Not so much so the average person will become an addict but that those medications will get out into the stream of abusable drugs,” Satel said.

Synthetic drugs like Fentanyl and Carfentanil are some of the most lethal on the market, coming over from China. “Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and carfentianil is 5000 times,” she said. “At the level of demand, you have Narcan which creates a paradox. It keeps people alive so they can overdose again.”

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