US Addiction Epidemic Fuelled By Pharma Corporations / Big Pharma Takes Opioid Addiction Global

US Addiction Epidemic Fuelled By Pharma Corporations

Pill Overkill (2015): Painkiller abuse has reached epidemic levels in the US. Opioids now cause more deaths than any other drug, raising the question: are doctors and pharmaceutical companies acting in their patients' best interests?

Big Pharma Takes Opioid Addiction Global

There’s not a deep stigma with the overprescription of pain killer like Oxycontin in the United States. As a result, the number of doctors prescribing this drug has actually decreased significantly. This also has to do with some federal regulation banning some people getting access to the drug due to fears of abuse. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

OxyContin is a dying business in America.

With the nation in the grip of an opioid epidemic that has claimed more than 200,000 lives, the U.S. medical establishment is turning away from painkillers. Top health officials are discouraging primary care doctors from prescribing them for chronic pain, saying there is no proof they work long-term and substantial evidence they put patients at risk.

Prescriptions for OxyContin have fallen nearly 40% since 2010, meaning billions in lost revenue for its Connecticut manufacturer, Purdue Pharma.

So the company’s owners, the Sackler family, are pursuing a new strategy: Put the painkiller that set off the U.S. opioid crisis into medicine cabinets around the world. Read more: Big Pharma / FuckDaPolice

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