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Health(care) in the Crisis: Reflections in Science and Society on Opioid Addiction

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Department of Pharmaceutical Biology, Institute of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, Johannes Gutenberg University, 55128 Mainz, Germany
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Department of English and Linguistics, Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, 55128 Mainz, Germany
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McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02478, USA
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Institute for History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Johannes Gutenberg University Medical Center, 55128 Mainz, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(1), 341; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010341
Received: 2 December 2020 / Revised: 28 December 2020 / Accepted: 30 December 2020 / Published: 5 January 2021
Opioid abuse and misuse have led to an epidemic which is currently spreading worldwide. Since the number of opioid overdoses is still increasing, it is becoming obvious that current rather unsystematic approaches to tackle this health problem are not effective. This review suggests that fighting the opioid epidemic requires a structured public health approach. Therefore, it is important to consider not only scientific and biomedical perspectives, but societal implications and the lived experience of groups at risk as well. Hence, this review evaluates the risk factors associated with opioid overdoses and investigates the rates of chronic opioid misuse, particularly in the context of chronic pain as well as post-surgery treatments, as the entrance of opioids in people’s lives. Linking pharmaceutical biology to narrative analysis is essential to understand the modulations of the usual themes of addiction and abuse present in the opioid crisis. This paper shows that patient narratives can be an important resource in understanding the complexity of opioid abuse and addiction. In particular, the relationship between chronic pain and social inequality must be considered. The main goal of this review is to demonstrate how a deeper transdisciplinary-enriched understanding can lead to more precise strategies of prevention or treatment of opioid abuse. View Full-Text
Keywords: OxyContin; opioid abuse; chronic pain; patient narratives OxyContin; opioid abuse; chronic pain; patient narratives
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Damiescu, R.; Banerjee, M.; Lee, D.Y.W.; Paul, N.W.; Efferth, T. Health(care) in the Crisis: Reflections in Science and Society on Opioid Addiction. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 341. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010341

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Damiescu R, Banerjee M, Lee DYW, Paul NW, Efferth T. Health(care) in the Crisis: Reflections in Science and Society on Opioid Addiction. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(1):341. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010341

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Damiescu, Roxana; Banerjee, Mita; Lee, David Y.W.; Paul, Norbert W.; Efferth, Thomas. 2021. "Health(care) in the Crisis: Reflections in Science and Society on Opioid Addiction" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 1: 341. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010341

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