Get 15% Off on World Health Day Flash Sale Get 15% Off on World Health Day Flash Sale

ADVERTISEMENT

Opioid Producers Put Blame on Addicts

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

opioid addiction

Story at-a-glance -

  • Opioid overdoses kill more than 130 people in the U.S. daily in an unprecedented crisis that continues to spiral out of control
  • Purdue Pharma, which manufactures OxyContin, was instrumental in driving up sales of the drug to close to $2 billion a year by 2004
  • As it became clear that people were dying from opioids, Purdue Pharma engaged in extensive damage-control tactics, including suggesting that the people dying from opioids were already drug addicts
  • Purdue Pharma hired notorious PR firm Dezenhall Resources, which helped spread the opioid anti-story — the idea that pain patients who may lose access to opioids were the true victims of the opioid crisis
  • In September 2019, Purdue Pharma filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of a deal to settle the more than 2,000 lawsuits it’s currently facing
  • Mundipharma, which is selling OxyContin in China, is using many of the same marketing tactics Purdue Pharma is now being accused of

Opioid overdoses kill more than 130 people in the U.S. daily in an unprecedented crisis that continues to spiral out of control. The pharmaceutical companies behind these drugs are now facing mounting lawsuits, as it's become clear that they're the ones with blood on their proverbial hands, having pushed drugs on unsuspecting pain patients while knowing they were unsafe.

From 1999 to 2017, more than 702,000 people died from a drug overdose and, in 2017, this was a leading cause of injury-related deaths in the U.S. Of the 70,000 drug-overdose deaths that occurred that year, 68% involved opioids.


Read the Full Article for Free!
Subscribe to the #1 Natural Health Newsletter
  • Unlock censored health information that Google doesn't want you to read
  • Keep your privacy secure — We are no longer active on Facebook and are blocking our content from Google search to ensure your privacy stays protected
  • Get access to all of Dr. Mercola's health articles, E-books and special reports

Existing Subscribers: Enter your email address for instant access