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Civil War Programming Series
The “Great Risk” of “Opium Eating”
May 11  7:00pm

The “Great Risk” of “Opium Eating”: Opiates, Army Doctors, and Civil War Veterans, Jonathan Jones, Binghamton University

 

By treating badly wounded Civil War soldiers with the only pain medications of the day – the highly addictive drugs opium and morphine – military doctors and surgeons inadvertently caused an epidemic of opiate addiction during the 1860s-1880s. Americans quickly realized the magnitude of this devastating health crisis. In response to harsh public criticism, physicians took a series of radical steps to try to stop the opiate epidemic in its tracks – a situation that mirrors today’s opioid epidemic.

 

All programs are free and open to the public. Call 607-734-4167 ext. 205 for more information.
This series is generously sponsored by Welliver.

 

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