OxyContin pills are among those being overprescribed by doctors in the US, leading to what has been dubbed the opioid crisis. Photo: LA Times OxyContin pills are among those being overprescribed by doctors in the US, leading to what has been dubbed the opioid crisis. Photo: LA Times
OxyContin pills are among those being overprescribed by doctors in the US, leading to what has been dubbed the opioid crisis. Photo: LA Times
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

How the US opioid crisis and trade dispute with China have echoes in 19th-century history

David Dodwell says Donald Trump is justified in declaring war on the opioid crisis but he cannot expect quick results to a problem 150 years in the making

OxyContin pills are among those being overprescribed by doctors in the US, leading to what has been dubbed the opioid crisis. Photo: LA Times OxyContin pills are among those being overprescribed by doctors in the US, leading to what has been dubbed the opioid crisis. Photo: LA Times
OxyContin pills are among those being overprescribed by doctors in the US, leading to what has been dubbed the opioid crisis. Photo: LA Times
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.