Senate report: Opioid industry has paid advocacy groups $65M
December 16, 2020
A bipartisan congressional investigation released Wednesday found that key players in the nation's opioid industry have spent $65 million since 1997 funding nonprofits that advocate treating pain with medications, a strategy intended to boost the sale of prescription painkillers.
The report from Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Wyden of Oregon found the contributions continued in recent years, even as the industry's practices and the toll of opioid addiction came under greater scrutiny.
The senators, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, are considering legis...