Opioid Crisis Not Just Gangs and Dealers – Pharma Industry Complicit

In Addiction News, Opioids by Geoff

The common perception of opioid use and abuse is that street gangs and corner dealers are pushing the heroine, and now fentanyl, use that are driving the opioid crisis.

Insys Therapeutics logoUnfortunately, there are players on the ‘legal’ Big Pharma side who have significant sales and marketing budgets – driven by earnings targets – and they are using them to drive opioid adoption.

“There’s this misconception that illicit markets are run by dangerous criminals, while prescription markets are run by responsible business people” Amanda Reiman

Motherboard describes the lengths that employees at the pharmaceutical company , Insys Therapeutics, were willing to go to get their fentanyl-based pain killer in the hands of patients.

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