Painkillers, from Two Sides

Ethics never comes up. The job is to push product, and once sold, "we wash our hands of the whole thing."

There’s been a great deal of criticism directed at so-called “chain” drugstores in recent months. That category includes some of America’s largest and most profitable retailers – familiar names such as CVS (9,700 stores), Walgreen’s (8,232), Rite-Aid (4,608) and Walmart (3,646 with in-store pharmacies). They’ve come under fire for their role in the dramatic overprescribing of opioids. Some of the stories are hard to believe: millions of pills dispensed in small and rural  towns, probably for diversion to the streets. Now like the Pharma industry, the big chains are facing lawsuits from state governments eager to recoup some of the money they spend rescuing and treating the victims of prescription painkillers.

But you know all that. And you’re aware too that some of the giant chains have banded together to file suit against a number of physicians, seeking financial relief from their losses:
Pharmacies facing trial in opioid lawsuits say doctors should be held...

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Of course, people who work in treatment know that there’s already solid base of regular users, millions of them, including daily smokers.

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Of course, people who work in treatment know that there’s already solid base of regular users, millions of them, including daily smokers.

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"The pharmacy’s practice of providing three-month supplies may inadvertently lead more patients to attempt suicide by overdosing...”

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Of more than 9000 Veterans Administration patients, only one-quarter rated their pain control with opioids as  excellent or very good.

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Opioid Tapering

Of more than 9000 Veterans Administration patients, only one-quarter rated their pain control with opioids as  excellent or very good.

Opioid Tapering

Of more than 9000 Veterans Administration patients, only one-quarter rated their pain control with opioids as  excellent or very good.

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