'The Doctor Told Me, Sir, You're a Junkie': The Opioid Epidemic Hits Israel

One in 10 Israelis is at risk of becoming addicted to painkillers. The Health Ministry set up a task force to consider regulation of opioids three years ago – but it has yet to take action. The Shomrim media nonprofit reveals the panel's protocols

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Daniel Dolev, Shomrim
Daniel Dolev, Shomrim

To an outside observer, Udi Margalit would have appeared to be living a wonderful life. Although he was wounded during his service in the Israel Defense Forces in the 1970s and developed a dependence on painkillers during his recovery, he managed to pull himself together and kick the habit. He studied accounting, opened a successful business and raised four children. Five years ago, when he was in his mid-60s, everything changed.

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