Opiate use and opioid dependence represent a complex set of issues. Unfortunately, a television special, even a two-hour presentation from Frontline, can give those issues short shrift. The world-renowned addiction expert Stanton Peele has written a tremendous piece for The Influence that discusses some of those shortcomings: Six Dangerous Falsehoods Peddled by the “Frontline” Heroin Special.
The website Drug War Facts / Drug Policy Facts has several sections that address those issues, including:
Causes of Death
Diversion of Pharmaceutical Drugs
HIV-AIDS & Injection Drug Use
Methadone and Opioid Substitution Therapy
Pain Management & Prescription Drugs
Safe Injection Facilities