Building the Perfect Painkiller
Inside the quest to conquer addictive drugs
By Maia Szalavitz
Opioid addiction can be seen as an infinite loop, a bug in the brain’s programming. Take drug. Feel better. Come down. Repeat.
Of the people who use opioid drugs recreationally, between 8 and 23 percent become addicted — sometimes fatally. That’s true whether the…