Government officials have warned people to avoid e-cigarettes after several people have died and hundreds of otherwise healthy people have ended up in emergency rooms across the country with lung damage that appears to be linked to vaping.
Government statistics suggest that one in 10 Americans is struggling with addiction. The CDC estimates that excessive alcohol use cost almost $250 billion in 2010. And opioid overdoses last year overtook car accidents as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S.
Our understanding of how addiction plays out in the brain has increased dramatically in recent years. But treatment options are still limited.
By Sean Corcoran
Dec 28, 2015
A red plastic box has gathered dust behind some camping gear in my basement for the past ten years. I haven't opened it—I don't think I've even touched it—since I moved into my home on Cape Cod in 2005. It's filled with all the stuff I collected as the lead reporter on a two-day newspaper series called, "Opiates in Our Towns."