Is it Real yet?

by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Saturday, May 20, 2017, 09:10 (301 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

"Black and white Americans consume drugs at mostly the same rate, but the decades of the “Negro Cocaine Fiend” and the War on Drugs have tipped the judicial scales in favor of white Americans for decades. However, the drug-related problems facing white Americans are no less serious; even so, the nature of those problems has changed the tone of the public conversation about drugs. For a new generation of Americans – most of them white – the problem started with painkillers. Specifically, the problem started with one pharmaceutical company called Purdue Pharma.

In 1995, the Food & Drug Administration approved OxyContin, a product manufactured by Purdue Pharma, for sale and promotion in the United States. A painkiller that promised to alleviate pain symptoms for 12 hours at a time, the distribution of OxyContin spread like wildfire. In 1996, Purdue Pharma made $45 million in OxyContin sales; in 2000, revenue topped $1.1 billion; and in 2010, the same year that OxyContin accounted for 30 percent of all painkillers sold in the United States, Purdue Pharma made $3.1 billion.

OxyContin was unstoppable, and lots of people in the medical profession wanted a share of the profits. Purdue Pharma aggressively courted doctors, offering them lucrative speaking engagements and lavish gifts if they prescribed OxyContin – a powerful and addictive medication – to patients who didn’t need the full brunt of its opioid effects. Between 1997 and 2002, prescriptions increased by 10 times; the dosage per pill went up from 80 mg to 160 mg."

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