Pharmaceutical companies promoted deregulation to permit advertising directly to doctors and creating quid-pro-quo situations. Pharmaceutical companies campaigned heavily for 'pain management' strategies that used 'safe' opioids. Pharmaceutical companies withhold negative trial results, generating false science. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/jep.12147
These 'safe' slow-release formulations allowed Pharma to generate new IP and new revenue sources. It was never about healthcare or patient comfort, it was about money. And those addicted to opioids are paying the price.
I don't usually blame problems on a medication, but Oxycontin nearly tore my family apart, as it did countless others. Perdue and its shareholders are complicit in a Great American Tragedy playing out today with Fentanyl and Heroin. I hope they all freeze to death in hell.