“The vast majority of drug addiction in American history has occurred in the context of drugs that were legally produced for the medical industry. Addiction rates lean toward pharmaceuticals, but policing and punishment have focused on street drugs, according to [University of Buffalo] historian David Herzberg. – See more at: http://www.buffalo.edu/ubreporter/stories.host.html/content/shared/university/news/ub-reporter-articles/stories/2016/03/herzberg-opioid-lecture.detail.html#sthash.Hr2r3JjM.dpuf

Herzberg argues that the recent crisis over opioids is not as novel as often presented.