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New Harvard Study Confirms Big Pharma and the Feds Are the Root Cause of Opioid Epidemic

In what could be just another chapter of a hypothetical book on greed, power and the manipulative ways that industry and government work together, a new study in the Harvard Law & Policy Review details how Big Pharma and the federal government itself have created the opioid epidemic. As detailed by the Natural Blaze, corporate fraud and government ignorance served as a springboard to this epidemic, with “no one in top management” ever being held accountable.

The opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S. killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, which is more than any other year on record, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half of these deaths involved prescription drugs given by physicians to treat all levels of pain, from severe cancer pain to chronic back pain. On the black market — where legal drugs are channeled to users without prescriptions — we already know that Purdue Pharma is being sued for supplying OxyContin to “obviously suspicious pharmacies and physicians,” enabling the product’s illegal diversion.

This, after Purdue Pharma ran an unprecedentedly aggressive marketing campaign to brainwash physicians that OxyContin was the new “miracle pill.” Coupled with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s irresponsible patent extension for a different version of the drug, and you have a recipe for death and disaster. As a result, states like Ohio and West Virginia can’t even keep up with the bodies filling their morgues — all due to drug overdoses.

Not everyone who takes a prescription opioid will wind up an addict, but the risk is real. This is why I strongly recommend exhausting other options before you resort to an opioid pain reliever, especially for mild to moderate pain. If you have chronic pain, some safe alternatives to consider include astaxanthin, ginger, curcumin, boswelia, bromelain, evening primrose, cayenne cream and dietary changes, including reducing or eliminating processed foods, grains and sugars from your diet.
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