3-Part Series: Prescription Addiction, Big Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic

3-Part Series: Prescription Addiction, Big Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic

Profiting From Pain

With the U.S. in the grips of an opioid crisis that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, the role of pharmaceutical manufacturers that made tens of billions of dollars selling the deadly painkillers is coming into focus as litigation and investigations mount.

From as far back as 1911 until the late 1990s, the use of opioids, or narcotics, was limited to very narrow circumstances, such as post-surgical pain and end-of-life care. That’s because the medical establishment and regulators were keenly aware of the addictive quality of the drugs and the dangers they posed if misused.

But that all changed when a school of thought started to take over in medicine beginning in the late 1990s, early 2000s. Treating pain became a preeminent priority. Addiction was less of a concern and pain was dubbed the “5th vital sign.”


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