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Billionaire Opioid Executive Stands to Make Millions More on Patent for Addiction Treatment

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  • An estimated 202,600 Americans died from opioid overdoses between 2002 and 2015; 74 percent of farmers report being addicted to opioids, or know someone who is
  • Addiction to narcotic pain relievers places an enormous economic burden on society, costing the U.S. an estimated $504 billion each year (2.8 percent of gross domestic product)
  • The massive increase in opioid sales and subsequent addiction rates have been traced back to an orchestrated marketing plan aimed at misinforming doctors about the drug’s addictive potential
  • Sackler family members who own Purdue Pharma were intimately involved in the false advertising of OxyContin. A recent investigation reveals the Sacklers also own Rhodes Pharma — one of the largest producers of generic opioids
  • Dr. Richard Sackler — who was deeply involved in the marketing of OxyContin — was recently awarded a patent for a new, faster-dissolving form of buprenorphine, used in the treatment of opioid addiction, thus making money both on the promulgation of addiction and its treatment

By Dr. Mercola

An estimated 202,600 Americans died from opioid overdoses between 2002 and 2015, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50.


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