Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against five leading prescription opioid manufacturers and their related companies in Ross County Court of Common Pleas. The lawsuit alleges that the drug companies engaged in fraudulent marketing regarding the risks and benefits of prescription opioids which fueled Ohio’s opioid epidemic. Watch the full video announcement here.
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The Attorney General makes many of the same arguments against Pharma that MIA and Robert have been making for years. These drugs are not as safe as claimed, there mechanism of action is largely unknown, the long-term effects are minimized, studies “proving” efficacy are poorly done but hyped, etc.
I agree that Big Pharma should be held accountable for manufacturing and selling unsafe drugs; however, this purported “opioid epidemic” is pure scapegoating and political opportunism. There needs to a critique of this “opioid epidemic.” Most people who are prescribed an opioid do not become “addicted” and then overdose. Unlike “biological psychiatry,” opioids do not hijack one’s freewill. Opioids do not have any agency whatsoever. Suing Big Pharma will no nothing to reduce rates of drug abuse or rates of “addiction.” Why doesn’t the attorney general sue the APA for their endorsing psychiatrist pushing psychoactive drugs?