Big Pharma’s role in the Opiod Epidemic


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Opioid disturb pain signals by binding to the receptors in the brain and spinal cord while also releasing dopamine causing euphoria. Different kind of opioids include morphine, codeine, vicodin, and percocet. The opioid epidemic has quickly become the worst health crisis in history.  Last year alone opioid overdoses claimed more lives than car crashes and gun homicides combined, Finally, some states have began to take action. In the scholarly news article written by Wayne Drash, a writer for CNN Wire, it claims a lawsuit has been filed in Arkansas naming 52 opioid manufacturers in the act of “falsely touted the benefits of long-term opioid use.” The suit continues to say “each manufacturer defendant knew that its misrepresentations of the risks and benefits of opioids were not supported by, or were directly contrary to the scientific evidence.” Meaning representatives of big drug companies lied about the effects of their product. In Arkansas , they feel as if they’re lawsuit is unique because it focuses on a solution rather than a problem. There is no debate over how to fix the opiod crisis in Arkansas. They simply want drug manufacturers to pay as it is not fair to charge it to the taxpayers rather than the ones who created the problem. More than 2 million Americans are addicted to painkillers. Those who stop taking the pills after becoming dependent suffer from withdrawals. Tolerance gets built up after taking the opioid just a couple of times. This creates more dependency on the drug. The problem is people are prescribed these pills and they end up getting addicted on them after taking them frequently requiring more and more to fulfill their needs which in turns makes more money for the opioid developers. During 2016, their were more than 63,600 overdoes fatalities in the country and that number is only going to go up without action.

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