Opioid Overdose Epidemic Sweeps U.S.

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By Ty Bollinger
January 29, 2019

A new report has found that, for the first time, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than a car accident. The increase is directly and significantly associated with marketing efforts of the pharmaceutical industry.

As the truth begins to surface, pharma execs are finally being put on trial for their contributions to one of our nation’s greatest health crises in a generation.

The Opioid Overdose Epidemic
More than 100 people die every day from an accidental opioid overdose, and 40% of those deaths are from prescription painkillers. But prescription opioid drugs are responsible for the vast majority of these deaths since most people become addicted to prescription drugs before transitioning to more illicit opioids like heroin and fentanyl.

Companies like Purdue Pharma, the creators of OxyContin, have been charged with misleading doctors regarding the dangers of these powerful painkillers, but…

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