The United States is currently in the middle of an opioid epidemic. It is all over the news and a growing problem in every state. While this epidemic has already taken hold of the country, many people do not even know where it started. According to many experts, it is the result of one pharmacy misleading an entire nation.
How the Opioid Epidemic Began
No matter how big the epidemic, it has to start somewhere. For opioids, many doctors blame the shady tactics of Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma. This pharmaceutical company introduced the country to OxyContin in 1995, which in turn led to the opioid epidemic as we know it.
The state of Kentucky filed legal action against Purdue Pharma in 2015. After seven years of dealing with the company’s evasive tactics, the state finally brought a civil lawsuit against it. During the case, the state of Kentucky claimed that the company misled clients and doctors about its OxyContin pill.
OxyContin is an opioid painkiller. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug in December 1995. Within the first year, the drug made Purdue Pharma more than $45 million in sales.
The upturn in sales did not end there. In 2000, OxyContin made the company more than $1.1 billion. One reason for the huge increase in sales is the patent on the original formula for the drug. This patent did not expire until 2013.
Why Do Experts Believe That Purdue Pharma Misled Them?
Unfortunately, most people believe that the answer to this question is simply money. During the years of the patent, Purdue Pharma had a death grip in the painkiller market in the United States. It controlled around one-third of the entire pain pill market.
The more people who used these painkillers, the more money that Purdue Pharma made. Despite knowing how addictive the drug was, the company’s aim was to make doctors feel comfortable with prescribing it. In the end, the drug found its way into the hands of millions of Americans.
Opioids Outpace Heroin and Cocaine in Drug-Related Deaths
According to data from the CDC, opioids played a role in the deaths of over 18,800 people in 2014. During that same year, heroin claimed the lives of more than 10,500 people. Both of these drugs outpace cocaine, which led to the deaths of roughly 5,400 people.
Do Not Become Another Statistic
Opioid addiction is still a major problem in America. In fact, painkillers like OxyContin claim thousands of lives each year. Thankfully, you do not have to become another statistic with the help of Santé Center. We provide a number of addiction treatment programs, including:
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