I wrote this two years ago — but it is very relevant today.
The Opioid Crisis and the Racist Marijuana laws in Maryland
Opioid drugs, including prescription painkillers and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in the United States in 2015, more than any year on record, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That’s right up there with car accidents if you were wondering.
How and why did this epidemic suddenly spring up on America? There are two answers to that.
The first answer is that a collection of drug companies, five of whom are being sued by Ohio for exactly this reason – put new painkillers into the market over the last few years – painkillers that are really people killers, because of their highly addictive nature.
These new “wonder” painkillers have been heavily marketed by the drug companies, who I believe KNEW about the risks, but plunged ahead recklessly with the release of these drugs anyway.
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