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Driven by opioid addiction, drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
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Opioids are part of a drug class that includes the illegal drug heroin and powerful pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others. In 2015, more than 33,000 people died from overdoses involving opioids. Every day in the United States more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for not using prescription opioids as directed.

Lily Fang’s animation, Susan’s Brain, is part of a free online course produced by HarvardX and Harvard Health Publications. The course, The Opioid Crisis in America, challenges preconceptions about addiction and about who can become addicted to opioids, and this animation illustrates changes in the brain that lead to addiction. Dr. Elena Chartoff and Dr. Hilary Connery, both of Boston’s McLean Hospital advised on the brain science within this animation. This video is provided courtesy of the President’s and Fellows of Harvard College © 2017.

Read more on the topic in the “Science of Addiction” issue of National Geographic magazine: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/09/science-of-addiction/

Lily Fang: http://lilyfang.com/
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Driven by opioid addiction, drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

Opioids are part of a drug class that includes the illegal drug heroin and powerful pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others. In 2015, more than 33,000 people died from overdoses involving opioids. Every day in the United States more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for not using prescription opioids as directed.

Lily Fang’s animation, Susan’s Brain, is part of a free online course produced by HarvardX and Harvard Health Publications. The course, The Opioid Crisis in America, challenges preconceptions about addiction and about who can become addicted to opioids, and this animation illustrates changes in the brain that lead to addiction. Dr. Elena Chartoff and Dr. Hilary Connery, both of Boston’s McLean Hospital advised on the brain science within this animation. This video is provided courtesy of the President’s and Fellows of Harvard College © 2017.

Read more on the subject in the “Science of Addiction” issue of National Geographic magazine: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/09/science-of-addiction/

Lily Fang: http://lilyfang.com/

Harvard Health Publications: https://www.health.harvard.edu/

The Opioid Crisis in America: https://www.edx.org/course/opioid-crisis-america-harvardx-hhp100

Dr. Elena Chartoff : http://www.mcleanhospital.org/biography/elena-chartoff

Dr. Hilary Connery: http://www.mcleanhospital.org/biography/hilary-connery

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  4. This is a ridiculous simplification. You would never give a patient opioids if they broke their arm 3 months ago.

  5. I just popped my last oxy

  6. i can't hear anything…the music keeps interfeering with her voice

  7. But not everyone is suzane she kept taking them for a high is exactly the problem

  8. Bruh never heard of this drug it’s annoying ads popping up

  9. i just popped an oxy before watching this, got my tonsils removed lmao im not an addict though. famous last words..

  10. No…even people who aren’t addicted or have an addictive personality have horrific withdrawal pain and symptoms. Unless you’ve been through it, don’t try explaining it.

  11. Thank you for such educatinonal video.

  12. Im just here to read all the ex drug head comments 😂😂😂😂😂

  13. War in Afghanistan was for the poppy plant. Where these opioids come from. Biggest addiction and most profitable thing in America. Big pharma ran doctors hand them out like candy. No wonder its an epidemic in America.

  14. Wow, great video. The narration, the writing, editing, content, animation…

  15. Well the pharmaceutical and doctors have this down so well don't they .💊💉💊💰💳💸

  16. The answer lies in cannabis ! Legalise it and use it as a pain killer, and then see the wonders the herb is capable to do,

  17. I had a root canal done back on the 90 s. I can't remember what the name of the pain meds the dentist prescribed but I just remember rolling around on the bed feeling soooooo happy….
    Not stoned just soooo happy smiley. I never finished the full prescription. Thank goodness I didn't need it. I can defiantly see how it could be addictive.

  18. If her arm hurts even after months (!) of taking painkillers, there is a problem with the arm that should have been addressed in the first place.

  19. 3:55 then she falls again breaks her arm and goes through this once more

  20. Susan is a bit weird looking

  21. I am a really young and my friend sold me some stuff and I felt great but I notice how out of tune I was and I did not like it luckily I only took it once and quit

  22. From the picture at 3:13. only 1 in 48 people become addicted. This video could have been far more scary and truthful on the topic.

  23. "When i was a teen people would tell me, if you take drugs you're gonna die. Now that I'm 60 they tell me if i DON'T take drugs imma die"

  24. Leave all the drugs alone and start using Braggs apple cidar vinegar. Black seed oil and no no juice.
    Those products are better than drugs. And it's good for your body. It kills cancer, Aids, and all sickness.

  25. I've been addicted to opiates for 16 years. It will be the end of me one day……….

  26. Susan needs a new bicycle, without the bottom tube in her chain stay that frame would fold in half

  27. Thank you for such a great video…. It was an experience with the proper head phones.

  28. The video doesn't specify how hard the road to recovery can be, some opiates addicts have the highest relapse rate.

  29. It's sad addicts ruin the MEDICATIONS that ppl who truly need n have had long term pain anxiety n don't abuse overdose or misuse meds I been on same meds for years n don't have to increase my low strength of pain meds and anxiety meds yet Dr's scared or believe everyone is a addict sad why was meds created if those who need help can't get it that's why ppl overdose they turn to other ways for help n some ppl are just addicts not all tho we need treated as individuals

  30. Not everyone becomes an addict. Not even most. Most learn to deal with it, as you have pointed out

  31. Why Susan have to be dark skin as we describe opioid addictions which that is experience with any race and all depend where they live the addictions could be worst. I think it a way to play with with the mass love the contain but should be different race for it don't have to be figment of imagination of a certain race.

  32. Amazing explaination…. nowhere on internet

  33. im taking Norco for a toothache and it just makes me feel weird.

  34. Thank you for this. Thank you.Thank you.

  35. if it only was this easy far more people would abuse drugs like tramadol and morfin

  36. Makes me want a Perc lol

  37. AWESOME explanation of this… seriously thanks for this video is made it loud and clear

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