America's opioid crisis: what health care providers can do better

President Trump has declared a public health emergency.

In 2016, more than 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States, and more than half of these were opioid-related. That's up 19 percent from 2015.

Now, a new report from leading public health experts recommends urgent action on this crisis.

MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke to two health care practitioners involved with this report: Pat Gleason, senior outcomes researcher with Prime Therapeutics and an adjunct professor of pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, and Andrew Kolodny, co-director of opioid policy research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Use the audio player above to hear the full discussion

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