Today’s Opioid Epidemic Mirrors Late 19th Century Morphine Addiction

A country divided by ideology over slavery and the federal government’s role in prohibiting it led to America’s Civil War of 1861-1865 and a devastating loss of 625,000-750,000 lives. Long after rain washed away the blood of thousands of fallen soldiers at Gettysburg, Shiloh, Chancellorsville, Antietam and dozens of other battlefields, the nation was left…