Looking at how other countries are handling their opioid crises, some lessons become clear. Some are that guaranteed health care access may slow down the opioid epidemic, and the rules for how opioids are prescribed do matter.
The more explosive opioid epidemics in other nations are in middle-low income countries. Much of their growth was fueled by U.S. companies. This was created with active lobbying and sponsored doctors.
Fentanyl and synthetic opioids are important to watch because although regional, they are dangerous if they become entrenched in our society.