The opioid epidemic rages on precisely because we're focusing on the wrong things: genetics, the addictive power of the substance itself, and whether something is prescription or illicit. While those are important, they're not the central issue. We are missing the target completely.
The ACE Study reveals a powerful relationship between our emotional experiences as children and our physical and mental health as adults even 50 years later. 87% of Americans had more than one ACE event.