This nation pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it. No other developed country is as devoted to the poppy as America. (We consume 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone, 81 percent of its oxycodone.)

The scale and darkness of this epidemic is a sign of a civilization in a more acute crisis than we knew.

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Robert Zinn, M.D., Ph.D. is a medical doctor, physician, and web entrepreneur, who, for over 15 years was employed by academic and research institutions and focused his clinical practices on very specialized patient populations, such as those with rare genetic diseases or rare cancers. He shares his knowledge through his website,

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