Big Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic: From Vicodin to Heroin

Big Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic: From Vicodin to Heroin

by Eric Braun


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More than 130 people a day in the U.S. die from opioid overdoses. Addiction to legal and illegal opioids has been declared a national crisis. The U.S. spends about $78.5 billion a year on treatment, criminal prosecution, and health care related to the crisis. What caused this massive problem? Can the crisis be slowed or reversed? Students will get practical tips on how to help someone suffering from an addiction or experiencing an overdose, and learn about how the nation is trying to deal with the crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756565602
Publisher: Capstone
Publication date: 02/01/2020
Series: Capstone Informed! Series
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Eric Braun is a strange and handsome man who has written dozens of books for kids and teens, sometimes while wearing a hat. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and sons and gecko. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Crisis 4

Chapter 2 The Pain 11

Chapter 3 The Cycle 20

Chapter 4 The Third Wave 34

Chapter 5 The Response 40

Get Involved 56

Glossary 58

Additional Resources 59

Source Notes 60

Select Bibliography 62

Index 64


Informed! will is a trusted source, to help middle school students make sense of today's headlines without condescension or sensationalism; Highly-designed series grabs attention to increase circulation of nonfiction; Clear, understandable text will appeal to middle schoolers and high schoolers looking for current topics of interest; Solid research and topic experts handle topics sensitively and appropriately

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