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The Addiction Conspiracy: How Government and Big Pharma Created an Epidemic

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  • Americans use the most opioids of any nation; in 2013, 16,000 Americans died from overdosing on narcotic painkillers
  • The drug industry created the opioid addiction epidemic by introducing long-acting opioid painkillers like OxyContin and changing pain prescription guidelines to make opioids the first choice for many types of chronic pain
  • Drug industry also promoted the long-term use of opioids, even though there’s no evidence that using these drugs long term is safe and effective, and downplayed the risk of addiction to these drugs
  • Now the U.S. government has approved opioid legislation that feeds profits right back to the drug industry by focusing on treatment for painkiller addiction and making anti-addiction drugs more easily available

By Dr. Mercola

While most drugs come with a long list of potentially devastating side effects, painkillers — courtesy of their addictive nature — tend to be among the most lethal. Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have risen by 300 percent over the past 10 years, and Americans use 80 percent of the world's opioids.

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