How Big Pharma is hindering treatment of the opioid addiction epidemic
August 9, 2017
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(THE CONVERSATION) “A crippling problem.” “A total epidemic.” “A problem like nobody understands.” These are the words President Trump used to describe the opioid epidemic ravaging the country during a White House listening session in March.
The percentage of people in the U.S. dying of drug overdoses has effectively quadrupled since 1999, and drug overdoses now rank as the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.
Drugs do exist to reverse opioid overdoses or...