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Painkiller Addiction Epidemic — How Big Pharma is Creating Lifetime Customers

Oxycontin has made Purdue some 30 plus billion dollars over the last 10 years. Several of the company’s execs had been criminally charged and admitted deceiving regulators

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by Paul A Philip

In the USA the opioid painkiller prescription rate has increased by 300% over the last 10 years.OxyContin made by Purdue Pharmaceuticals is more addictive than heroin.

Growing exponentially and out of control Big Pharma has created an opioid painkiller addiction epidemic that’s causing more suffering and death than illegal street drugs.

In Alabama State, for every 100 people, doctors hand out a staggering 123 opioid painkiller prescriptions. This is the highest rate in the USA. Americans are the highest opioid users making up 80% of the world’s total use.

Considering the potential for having serious side effects and their addictive nature this makes opioid painkillers the most dangerous drugs known.

Around 70% of accidental deaths caused by prescription drugs have been attributed to painkillers: Over the last 10 years, female overdose deaths through opioids have increased by 450%.

Big Pharma’s misleading and false claims

Many people have blamed the manufacturers of these dangerous opioid drugs Big Pharma for the addiction epidemic.

They assert that Big Pharma should be held accountable for having created the addiction epidemic by:

-Misleading doctors and patients through underplaying the addictive nature of opioids

For example, the opioid painkiller drug OxyContin made by Purdue Pharmaceuticals is more addictive than heroin. It is in fact a very similar molecule to heroin.

After a number of hours when OxyContin no longer takes effect, consistent with addiction, withdrawal symptoms start to kick in (aching, queasiness and anxieties). Then there are the returning symptomatic illness pains…

  • Making false claims: Promoting opioid drugs as safe in the long-term

No findings exist to support this.

Purdue also claimed that OxyContin could be used to treat certain ailments where this drug would not normally be prescribed, such as for the treatment of back pain.

-More false claims over the drugs.

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