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IRE Radio Podcast | Fighting Fentanyl

Opioid addiction is a decades-long crisis that killed roughly 47,000 people in 2017 alone, largely due to the potency of fentanyl. But despite all the warning signs, Congress didn’t pass any legislation on opioids until 2016. On this week’s episode, we’ll hear how Katie Zezima of the Washington Post tracked inaction in Congress and visited a small town in rural Massachusetts to witness the consequences firsthand.

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Looking for links to the stories and resources we discussed on this week's podcast? We've collected them for you.



Noe Noe (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

The Yards (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Keo Keo  (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Daymaze (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

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Tarte Tatin (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0



Kelly Kenoyer reported this episode. IRE Editorial Director Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.

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