A Loma Linda University Health physician explains the impact of drugs like heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone.

The opioid epidemic has garnered national media headlines for years, but a recent uptick in overdose deaths involving fentanyl-laced medications has prompted David Puder, MD, to research some of the driving forces behind this epidemic. In the following audio interview, the medical director of the MEND program at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center examines the increased wave of prescriptions, the mystery behind certain deaths attributed to suicide, and what can be done to reverse the problem.

Hear the full conversation below.

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Podcast: David Puder on fentanyl’s role in the opioid epidemic