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It Was A Conspiracy: Recovering Addicts Wage Legal Battle Over Prescription Use

Opioid abuse is the scourge of West Virginia and a new lawsuit argues that many of the addicts were victims of a mercenary and callous medical establishment. The Guardian reports "a veritable rogue’s gallery of pill-pushing doctors and pharmacies” grew rich on the back of patients who sought medical treatment only to have their lives wrecked by addiction." These charges may prove to be substantive. Doctors in the area have been arrested for running pill mills that prescribed vast quantities of opioids and local pharmacies profited mightily by filling these prescriptions.

Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have risen by 300 percent over the past 10 years and Americans use 80 percent of the world's opioids. Rural America has been hit especially hard. Most people know there is a prescription painkiller epidemic but few realize the government is enabling it, taxpayers are subsidizing it, and that it is the root cause of the current heroin epidemic. In West Virginia this group of victims is fighting take down the pill mill syndicate and also change how America views addicts.
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