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Combatting America’s Opioid Epidemic

Next week the American Pain Association (APA) will launch its “Turn the Tide Summit,” a national tour designed to address challenges, actionable strategies and best practices surrounding America’s opioid epidemic. With more than 40,000 deaths per year, the drug overdose epidemic has taken more lives than any war, terrorist attack, accident, or gun violence.

“We need more dialogue and discussion on this epidemic,” said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, APA President. The visionary and curator of Turn the Tide, Gupta said “Currently, a lot of blame for this epidemic is being put on patients with “Chronic Pain” or “Mental illness” who, in fact, are the victims and not the cause.”

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