Drug Industry Bandits Fueled the Opioid Crisis

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Drug Industry Bandits Fueled the Opioid Crisis

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

The Mayo Clinic calls opioid drugs powerful painkillers, often used post-surgery or for severe chronic pain, affecting an estimated 50 million Americans.

They include morphine, methadone, OxyContin, Vicodin, Norco and Demerol, among others. Heroin is an illegal opioid.

Ones used for chronic pain, unrelated to cancer, doubled over the past decade – because drug industry bandits promote the hell out of them, producing a bonanza of profits at the expense of an addiction and overdosing epidemic.

They're major health problems, Mayo saying:

"Overdosing triggers low blood pressure, a slow rate of breathing and the potential for breathing to stop, as well as the possibility of a coma. Opioid overdose has a significant risk of death." 

"(A)ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people in
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