Five major drug companies are being sued by the state of Ohio on the grounds that doctors were not properly advised of addiction potential, causing prescription opioid use to skyrocket in recent years with a matching spike in the use of heroin.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse collected ten years of data that shows almost 80 percent of heroin users started with prescriptions. As posted in CNN money, Attorney General Mike DeWine explains, “These drug manufacturers led prescribers to believe that opioids were not addictive, that addiction was an easy thing to overcome, or that addiction could actually be treated by taking even more opioids.”
DeWine emphasized how the impact particularly affected Ohio. A suit was filed in Ross County, ...
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