The story we’re featuring on page 14 today—about cowboys in the American West who become suicidal or addicted to opioids—may at first seem far removed from our experiences in the southern tip of Africa. Yet these are the same men – and most of them men – who embody the phrase “cowboys don’t cry”. Some compete in rodeos and become addicted to drugs originally prescribed to ease the pain of their injuries. Others keep their own depression bottled up and go down the path to suicide. Of course, the opioid pandemic…

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