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LAS VEGAS - Nightly newscasts across the country are filled with stories about the opioid epidemic -- the opioid crisis. Tens of thousands of Americans who die each year are found with opioids in their systems, and so government at every level has stepped in to put limits on otherwise legal medications, including here in Nevada. For millions of chronic pain patients, the crackdown has been a nightmare. They are the forgotten victims in the opioid debate. Approximately 50,000 people a year die with opioids of one kind or another in their systems. The number you don't hear is this one -- there are as many as 25 million Americans who suffer with chronic pain. For many of them, opioid medication means the difference between leading somewhat normal lives, or surviving in constant agony. These are not the people who O.D. on heroin or mix drugs with booze. For the most part, they suffer and die in silence.
At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
In just one year, “The Daily” has become the top news podcast in the country, redefining the sound of The New York Times and introducing Times journalism to a broad new audience. Join Michael Barbaro, host of “The Daily,” as he interviews Rukmini Callimachi, an award-winning Times foreign correspondent who is the foremost expert on Islamic terrorism. They will discuss the threat of ISIS as well as the innovative ways The Times has used audio storytelling to reimagine its journalism and create a more intimate and enriching experience for listeners. Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/user/sxsw?sub_confirmation=1 About SXSW: Started in 1987, South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place early each year in mid-March in Austin, Texas. SXSW’s original goal was to create an event that would act as a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop their careers, to bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas. That continues to be the goal today whether it is music, film or interactive technologies. Connect with SXSW Online: Visit the SXSW WEBSITE: http://www.sxsw.com Like SXSW on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/SXSWFestival Follow SXSW on TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/SXSW http://www.youtube.com/user/SXSW
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Prosecutors, seeking to hold someone accountable for the opioid epidemic, have been targeting doctors, dealers and users themselves. But those who made billions of dollars from sales of OxyContin, a painkiller at the center of the crisis, have gone largely unpunished. Guest: Barry Meier, the author of “Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic,” who has reported on Purdue Pharma and the opioid crisis for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.