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Pictured here in 2014, Dr. Vivek Murthy testifies on Capitol Hill about his nomination in 2014. Surgeon General Murthy is now sending a letter to millions of clinicians asking them to help curb the abuse of opioid painkillers. (Charles Dharapak/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Pictured here in 2014, Dr. Vivek Murthy testifies on Capitol Hill about his nomination in 2014. Surgeon General Murthy is now sending a letter to millions of clinicians asking them to help curb the abuse of opioid painkillers. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

More than 2 million health care practitioners in Massachusetts and across the country will get a letter in the next few days from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

In the letter, Murthy is asking practitioners to help curb the widening crisis of opioid abuse — he says clinicians are crucial in this fight.

Monday afternoon, WBUR's All Things Considered spoke with Murthy, who said other countries also have problems with abuse — but it's worse in America.

This segment aired on August 29, 2016.

Lisa Mullins Twitter Host, All Things Considered
Lisa Mullins is the voice of WBUR’s All Things Considered. She anchors the program, conducts interviews and reports from the field.

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