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The economic and human cost of the opioid epidemic
Dec 8, 2022
Episode 830

The economic and human cost of the opioid epidemic

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This one hits close to the "Make Me Smart" family.

Today’s episode mentions heavy topics like substance use disorder and death, which some listeners might find distressing. 

Last year, 80,000 Americans died due to opioid overdoses. Kimberly opens up about losing a loved one to the epidemic and highlights new research on the impact of opioids on the labor market. Plus, political prisoner Brittney Griner is home.

Here’s everything we talked about today:

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The team

Marissa Cabrera Senior Producer
Bridget Bodnar Senior Producer
Tony Wagner Digital Producer
Marque Greene Associate Producer