Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Corrosion of Nation's Soul Feeds Opioid Crisis

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Corrosion of Nation's Soul Feeds Opioid Crisis

Article excerpt

Rich Lord let Pittsburgh know that Pennsylvania is among the four states hardest hit by heroin overdoses (Dec. 22, "Pennsylvania Among States Hardest Hit by Overdoses"). His subdued delivery of this news ends with a remark from the University of Pittsburgh's Donald Burke that belies the cynicism of something the doctor had been quoted as saying earlier in the article. When Dr. Burke tells us that the opioid epidemic is the result of a deep despair that grips our nation, a calamity that flows from "hopelessness," a "loss of purpose" and a "loss of community," it clues us into the hollow nature of his previous expression of hope that some technological innovation may come (in what form, who can say) and rescue our people from this profound malaise.

I think the doctor, and all of us, know that "technology" is not coming to restore us. …

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