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How to correct opioid misinformation? Spend $285M on counter-marketing, expert says in J&J trial

June 11, 2019 / Eric Sagonowsky
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Countless lawsuits have sought to estimate the costs of fixing the U.S. opioid and addiction epidemic. Now, thanks to an expert in Oklahoma's ongoing trial against Johnson & Johnson, we have one dollar figure. Oklahoma would have to spend nearly $285 million to mount a counter-marketing campaign that would offset pharma’s influence over pain prescribing, Saxum Strategic Communications chairman and CEO Renzi Stone testified during the state’s trial against Johnson & Johnson on Monday. And that's just the cost of a campaign to spread awareness about the harms of opioids, Stone pointed out in testimony reported by the Oklahoman. It doesn't include the other costs of fixing the state's opioid crisis.