States Are Looking to Make Big Pharma Pay for Opioid Damage
There is no doubt that the opioid crisis is one of the biggest health crisis that the United States has experienced. The disturbing part is that the problem has been initiated from the top down, with the pharmaceutical companies, physicians and pharmacies leading the way in damages. Heroin is not the main culprit of opioid addiction any longer; most people who get hooked nowadays do it by taking the sometimes over-prescribed medications that their doctors give them.
Understanding the deadly seriousness of the situation, some states are now fighting back, and have initiated lawsuits against the opioid manufacturers and even some doctors and pharmacies, suing for damages and for using deceptive and illegal practices to oversupply these types of medications.
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It should be no surprise that greed is at the center of this multi-billion companies, and that their concern for the lives that they are supposed to be improving is virtually non-existent. My biggest concern is with doctors, the people that we go to for our well-being, many of whom’s ethics are now also being threatened by greed and selfishness. What are we to do when we have the suspicion that our primary care physician doesn’t have our best interest in mind, but their wallet instead?
There are a lot of things that need to change now, even though now is already too late. Too many lives have been lost already. The states fighting back is a good start, but it is not enough. We need to find ways to get the government more involved at the state and federal level, and also take responsibility for having looked the other way on this matter for so long.
What else do you think needs to be done in order to battle the opioid crisis?