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The ever-worsening opioids epidemic is forcing public-health officials and lawmakers to get creative and to finally recognize that the war-on-drugs mentality is ineffective and counterproductive.

In recent months, the soaring number of overdoses from heroin, fentanyl and new synthetic opioids like carfentanil (an elephant tranquillizer) has generated a lot of headlines.

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