Where is the evidence? Crying wolf on fentanyl distracts from the real issues and prevents evidence-based policies

Paul Aiken tells the story of how a minor spike in overdoses from pharmaceutical fentanyl quickly develops into a media moral panic in which a cluster of overdoses from 2015 are presented as if they were a recent event. He notes how the panic is further fueled by stories that conflates this with the illicit importation of fentanyl as an adulterant in heroin, linking these overdoses with the so called opioid epidemic in the US. Continue Reading

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