Opioid epidemic shares chilling similarities with the past

This circa 1900 photo made available by the Library of Congress shows Chinese Americans in an opium den. Rev. Frederick Masters, a 19th century Methodist missionary, described opium dens in San Francisco as dark, fumy basements “sepulcher-like in their silence save for the sputtering of opium pipes or the heavy breathing of their sleeping victims.” (Detroit Publishing Co./Library of Congress via AP)


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