How to Fix America’s Addiction Crisis

By Jeneen Interlandi

Produced by Jillian Weinberger

In America, 48 million people struggle with addiction. Very few get the help they need. But Jeneen Interlandi, a member of the editorial board, believes we have effective tools to address this public health crisis. In this audio essay, she argues that Americans need to view addiction as a chronic health condition, and treat it as such.

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This episode of “The Opinions” was produced by Jillian Weinberger and edited by Kaari Pitkin and Annie-Rose Strasser with help from Alison Bruzek. Mixing by Isaac Jones. Original music by Carole Sabouraud and Isaac Jones. Fact-checking by Mary Marge Locker and Kate Sinclair. Audience strategy by Shannon Busta and Kristina Samulewski.

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