The opioid epidemic is ripping through America like a fire untamed. Blame big pharma, if you want. Blame cheap pain pills and cheaper heroin. Blame the mesolimbic reward system. Just don’t wallow in it—the blame. Wallowing takes time, and with opioid abuse killing close to 100 Americans a day, time is in exceedingly short supply.
“The number one question is, how do we get a better sense of what’s going on in our communities in real-time,” says Jeff Beeson, deputy director of the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.