What an 1890s opioid epidemic can teach us about ending addiction today

The 1890s and 1990s were both characterized by unopposed amplification of the benefits of opioids, physicians as cheerleaders, and the central role of China (opium, fentanyl). In the 1890s, heroin was marketed by Bayer to supposedly treat morphine addiction, while in the 1990s Oxycontin was marketed by Purdue as a ‘safe’ painkiller. STAT lists lessons to be learned.