State Sets Massive Precedent, Makes Big Pharma Pay to Fix Opioid Crisis THEY CAUSED

Monday, April 2, 2018
By Paul Martin

One state is suing opioid manufacturers and distributors to pay for the creation of mental health clinics and opioid abuse treatment programs.

By Rachel Blevins
April 2, 2018

Arkansas has become the latest state to hold Big Pharma accountable for its role in the country’s ongoing opioid crisis, but unlike the other states that have filed lawsuits against major pharmaceutical companies, Arkansas is demanding compensation for solutions to end the epidemic.

The lawsuit, which named 52 opioid manufacturers and 13 distributors, physicians, pharmacists and retailers, argues that the pharmaceutical companies “falsely touted the benefits of long-term opioid use, including the supposed ability of opioids to improve function and quality of life,” despite research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which stated that “there is ‘no good evidence’ supporting these claims.”

“Each Defendant spent, and some continue to spend, millions of dollars on promotional activities and materials that falsely deny or trivialize the risks of opioids while overstating the benefits of using them to treat chronic pain. As to the risks, Defendants falsely and misleadingly, and sometimes contrary to the language of their drugs’ labels: downplayed the serious risk of addiction; promoted the concept of “pseudo-addiction” and thus advocated that the signs of addiction should be treated with more opioids.”

The lawsuit highlighted the damage the opioid epidemic has caused in the state of Arkansas, noting that when individuals become addicted to opioids, the addiction affects every aspect of their lives and often results in “job loss, loss of custody of children, physical and mental health problems, homelessness, and incarceration.”

Big Pharma’s efforts to convince doctors to prescribe opioids like candy have worked extremely well. As the lawsuit stated, opioids are now the most prescribed class of drugs, generating $11 billion in revenue for drug companies in 2014 alone.

“As opioid prescribing has skyrocketed in Arkansas, so too have overdose deaths. Today, prescription opioids are the leading cause of drug-related death in Arkansas, and by a wide margin. Arkansas also has seen a dramatic surge in hospital and in-patient admissions linked to opioid abuse. Alarmingly, and in keeping with a pattern seen across the nation, many Arkansans addicted to prescription opioids are now turning to heroin because it supplies a similar high at a fraction of the street cost of prescription opioids.”

Instead of just demanding millions of dollars in damages, Arkansas’s lawsuit is unique in that it calls for the manufacturers and distributors to pay for the creation of mental health clinics, opioid abuse centers, and other treatment programs.

“Our case is unique in that regard because it focuses on a remedy that will solve this problem,” Attorney Jerome Tapley told CNN.

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2 Responses to “State Sets Massive Precedent, Makes Big Pharma Pay to Fix Opioid Crisis THEY CAUSED”

  1. Jose Tannenbaum

    Why did the US military invade Afghanistan ? To fight terr0rizm ? lol. Why is the US military guarding the poppy fields in Afghanistan ? Why is there an opioid epidemic ?
    Why has the usage of opiods increased 10 fold since the US invaded Afghanistan ?
    The same inbred blood lines are doing the same tricks they have been doing for years.

    In 1839, England went to war with China because it was upset that Chinese officials had shut down its drug trafficking racket and confiscated its dope.

    Who owns the most stock in big Pharma ? The same inbred families that own everything including you. If you have not figured it out yet I will give you a clue. You are a slave and owned.

  2. D

    Yes, our military is in Afghanistan to protect the poppy fields. Nothing else!!

    WAY YO GO ARKANSAS!! Now I challenge the other 49 states to sue the socks off Big Killer, er, Big Pharma. They have WAY overstepped their boundaries. The other night, I watched reruns of MASH on WGN. In five hours there were 32, count ’em, 32 drug commercials. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!


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