Last year we wrote a number of blogposts on the social and economic crises hitting the American working class. See here, here, here and here.

A large part of these crises (cause or symptom?) is the opioid epidemic. It is increasing mortality rates and has even decreased the overall American life expectancy in the last couple of years. To help us understand the crisis better, here is an interesting and harrowing documentary about the opioid epidemic. It includes interviews with health professionals and addicts. Let us hope that the lure of opioids can be broken in the years ahead.


Marcus Roberts is a Senior Researcher at the Maxim Institute in Auckland, New Zealand, and was co-editor of the former MercatorNet blog, Demography is Destiny. Marcus has a background in the law, both...