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America's opioid epidemic began more than a century ago – with the civil war

An estimated two million people abused opiates during the war, after using drugs disseminated by healthcare providers, doctors and nurses to stem pain

For many Americans, it was the prescription of a well-meaning physician that sent them down the dark road.

Related: White House says true cost of opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504bn

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