OxyContin Maker Under Fire For Fueling Opioid Epidemic

Opioid dependence and addiction is a growing problem in the United States that involves compulsive use despite dangerous and legal consequences. It ruins lives, wreaks havoc on families, destroys personal and professional relationships and, more often than we’d like to believe, ends up fatal. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared in 2013 that addiction to prescription painkillers is an epidemic and is responsible for 60 percent of fatal drug overdoses. The subsequent “crackdown” on opioids left many patients with no alternative other than turning to the black market for their painkillers and, in the absence of...

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