Q&A With Gary Franklin, MD, MPH, FAAN, of the University of Washington: The Opioid Epidemic: Where Did it Begin

For many years the dangers of opioid addiction have been well known. Taking the steps needed to reverse its impact has been slower in taking hold across the country.

For many years the dangers of opioid addiction have been well known. Taking the steps needed to reverse its impact has been slower in taking hold across the country.

According to Gary Franklin, MD, MPH, FAAN, from the University of Washington the epidemic was man made with several factors contributing. At the American Acadmey of Nurology's annual meeting in Washington DC, Franklin discussed several of these factors including inaccurate information, powerful lobbying by the pharmaceutical industry, and a patient population looking for solutions to their chronic pain.