America’s love affair with opioids has had a devastating impact. Every 25 minutes a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal and a new generation is growing up with addicted parents. For years pharmaceutical companies made billions from the drugs, but now lawsuits are piling up and so are questions for regulators who should have prevented the crisis. Our World traces why so many Americans became addicted and meets children and workers on the front line who are now picking up the pieces.
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