Historic trial to weigh big pharma's role in opioid epidemic begins

| May 28, 2019

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Hope for the opioid crisis: It's no secret that opioid deaths and overdoses are at crisis levels in the US. However, 2019 may bring new ways of fighting this epidemic. Every year, the Cleveland Clinic releases the most important medical advancements for the coming year, and at the top of its list for 2019 is alternative pain management therapies. Not to mention, the federal government is taking steps to curb the problem and help those who need it.  Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter accused drugmakers Tuesday of a "cynical, deceitful multimillion-dollar, brainwashing campaign to establish opioid analgesics as the magic drug," kicking off a historic trial that will be the first major test in the nation of whether a state can make a pharmaceutical company pay for the opioid epidemic. The trial is expected to lay a road map for other states and municipalities in holding drugmakers accountable for what Hunter told the court was "the worst man-made public health crisis in the history of our country and the state  the prescription opioid epidemic."

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