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Why America Can’t Kick Its Painkiller Problem

November 30, 0002 12:00 AM
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Why America Can’t Kick Its Painkiller Problem

On a chilly evening in late March,
Dan McClain was getting ready for dinner when his cell phone rang: Indiana Governor Mike Pence wanted to talk.

Over the previous two months a fast-spreading outbreak of HIV had torn through Scott County, a poor, rural pocket 20 miles from the Kentucky border where McClain has been sheriff since 2011. What began as eight new HIV cases in January had ballooned to 81 by March, quickly becoming the worst HIV out...

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