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In the U.S., the opioid crisis is about too many opioids. In some other parts of the world, the opioid problem is about the exact opposite — a lack of access to powerful pain management drugs. As pharmaceutical companies are being sued in the U.S. for flooding the market with opioids, doctors in West Africa say they can't even get hold of those painkillers.

When prescribed appropriately, opioids can be vital tools in hospitals and clinics. The drugs make patients more comfortable and can speed recovery.

Illegal: LGBT in Africa

Jul 11, 2013

10:00 The Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act was a significant step forward for the LGBT community in the United States, but in other countries around the world homosexuality remains a crime. This hour we'll talk about what it's like being gay in Africa, where homosexuality can mean prison time or even death. Guests:

  • Adotei Akwei, Amnesty International
  • Katherine Fairfax Wright, filmmaker, Call Me Kuchu

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Drought Devastation

Jul 25, 2011

Bone-Dry conditions across nearly a third of the lower 48 states are leading some farmers to run their wells dry to irrigate fields...and forcing ranchers to sell off entire herds of cattle. From Florida to Arizona, a drought has reached historic levels in the U.S. We’re not alone. Around the globe, drought conditions are causing famine in the horn of Africa, in England and elsewhere. What causes drought and why does it persist? We'll discuss this and more today on All Sides with Ann Fisher. Guests:

Tony Raymond Fitzjohn, OBE, is field director of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust, where he works with the Government of Tanzania to rehabilitate Mkomazi National Park. In all, he has spent more than forty years re-introducing lions, leopards, rhinos and African hunting dogs to the wild.

Tony Raymond Fitzjohn, OBE, is field director of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust, where he works with the Government of Tanzania to rehabilitate Mkomazi National Park. In all, he has spent more than forty years re-introducing lions, leopards, rhinos and African hunting dogs to the wild.