Kenny Walter is an editor with HCPLive. Prior to joining MJH Life Sciences in 2019, he worked as a digital reporter covering nanotechnology, life sciences, material science and more with R&D Magazine. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Temple University in 2008 and began his career as a local reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers based on the Jersey shore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach and enjoying the shore in the summer and watching North Carolina Tar Heel basketball in the winter.
The expert-led narrative series will seek to answer when and how the development of opioids led to a public health crisis.
Pain is one of the most difficult things to treat.
There are quantifiable measures of improvement to almost every ailment and disorder. But pain, one of the most prevalent conditions in the world, largely relies on the patient’s tolerance and ability to manage.
This fact explains the start—and the greatest challenge—of the opioid epidemic, as it enters a third decade in the US.
While there is some dispute as to when the epidemic began, experts agree that by the late 1990s, there was a problem in the US that was only getting worse.
Answering the question of why it happened is more complex.
Over the next month, the HCPLive® team is exploring the history of the opioid epidemic—from the creation of the drug class epidemic, to the later advent of fentanyl, and the eventual boom of heroin abuse.
The expert-led narrative series will seek to answer when and how the development of revolutionary painkillers led to a public health crisis, and what clinicians have learned in combatting the burden and progressing pain medicine research.
Twice-weekly through March, you can find an article here and on our homepage that will add more insight into the clinical history opioids. Whether it be through written word, audio, video, or physician-penned perspective, readers will learn about:
Like pain, an epidemic is hardly quantifiable. But our hope is this retrospective look at the opioid crisis, from the lens of the physicians facing it today, reminds their peers what’s been lost, what’s been learned, and what’s left to do.
This is Painkiller: A History of Crisis.