(Natural News) Big Pharma’s role in the opioid epidemic plaguing the United States has not gone unnoticed — and it simply cannot be set aside any longer. People are waking up to the fact that they have been duped by the pharmaceutical industry, and slowly but surely, they are fighting back. Countless cities and states are taking legal action to put the pressure on the industry to scale back their blasphemous pushing of their addictive and harmful drugs.
For example, four counties in the state of New York have filed lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies and physicians for their aggressive and misleading marketing tactics. And now, Attorney General Mike DeWine, hailing from Ohio, has thrown his hat into the ring — and plans on taking five pharma companies to court, where hopefully justice will prevail.
DeWine says that between the promotion of “benefits” not supported by any scientific evidence, and the fraudulent information presented to patients in order to mislead them, it’s clear that the companies behind the drugs have played a serious part in the opioid epidemic striking Ohio.
The Attorney General filed his complaint against five drugmakers in Ross County, which is located in southern Ohio. The area has been hit hard by painkiller addiction, and fatal overdoses from opioids or heroin. Studies have shown that opioid abuse often predicates the use of heroin or other injectable drugs. Data collected between 2008 and 2009 revealed that in young users, nearly 86 percent had abused opioid painkillers before moving onto heroin. As the National Institute of Drug Abuse reports, “Of those who began abusing opioids in the 2000s, 75 percent reported that their first opioid was a prescription drug (Cicero et al., 2014). Examining national-level general population heroin data (including those in and not in treatment), nearly 80 percent of heroin users reported using prescription opioids prior to heroin (Jones, 2013; Muhuri et al., 2013).” (Click to Article)