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As Painkiller Addiction and Overdoses Continue to Rise, Pharmaceutical Companies Are Sued for Inciting Epidemic

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  • Narcotic painkillers are a driving force in the rise of substance abuse and lethal overdoses
  • In 2012, 259 million prescriptions for opioids and other narcotic painkillers were written in the US; 46 people die from opioid overdose each and every day
  • Alabama tops the list of painkiller prescriptions, with 143 prescriptions for every 100 people—three times the amount in Hawaii, the lowest prescribing state
  • Chicago and two California counties—Orange and Santa Clara—have filed a lawsuit against five drug companies that manufacture OxyContin, charging them with contributing to an epidemic of drug abuse
  • Santa Clara spends millions of dollars to treat overdoses and addiction in its public hospitals, and wants the drug makers to pay for these costs, as they purposefully downplayed the risks of their narcotic painkillers

By Dr. Mercola

Pain, regardless of cause, is among the most common of health ailments. Unfortunately, Americans in particular are succumbing to drug addiction in record numbers as a result of short-sighted and financially-driven drug marketing.


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