A few years ago, I was writing a piece for a local paper about the latest research on the effects of the opioid crisis.
It was the second article that I wrote on the topic, and it was a bit of a slog.
The topic was complicated, and I was still trying to figure out how to get a story to print in Canada.
For example, I’d never heard of opioid overdose deaths, and my story didn’t seem to fit the narrative of the article.
But as the story went viral, I found myself having a conversation with my editor.
“Well, we have a lot of opioids that are out there, and some of them are more harmful than others, and that’s what we’re seeing in some of the studies.
What I want you to focus on is how to present them effectively and make them accessible to people,” she said.
The article is called “Is it safe to take opioids? “
And that’s where you get the most value from your story.”
The article is called “Is it safe to take opioids?
A review of the literature.”
But it took me a few years to figure that out.
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I also talked to an author, a psychologist and an addiction counsellor about the opioid epidemic and what we can do to prevent it.