Drug Industry Not Wholly to Blame
Says Rich Meyer, Author of World of DTC Marketing
[From worldofdtcmarketing.com] Who is responsible for the opioid epidemic? Some attorneys general and advocates are now asking, in court, whether the pharmaceutical companies who marketed the drugs and downplayed their addictive nature can be held legally responsible for - and made to pay for the consequences of - the crisis.
Courts have made clear that they believe that individual victims are largely responsible for their addiction. People who die of overdoses are often using the pills not as they were prescribed, but are obtaining the pills on the black market. They are disregarding doctors' prescriptions and taking more than is safe. "It is difficult to persuade courts that FDA-approved prescription drugs are defective and that their warnings are inadequate," Ausness said.
Now you can say what you want about drug company marketing and I agree they bear some responsibility, but does anyone really believe that a reputable doctor is going to believe any drug company marketing that opioids are not addictive?
Finally, it's no coincidence that high opioid addiction has a strong correlation with economically depressed areas of the country. As the number of pills begins to decline heavy opioid users are going to turn to more dangerous street drugs like heroin. Let's put the blame where it belongs.More here...
I have a lot of problems with Rich's position. First, he thinks doctors don't believe what pharma sales reps tell them. Maybe not now after they have read in the news how pharma sales reps lied & told them opioids are not addictive. But the over prescribing of opioids has been going on for many years and still continues. Second, he claims that when less opioids are prescribed, heavy opioid users are going to turn to heroin. Does he mean patients who previously obtained legitimate opioid prescriptions? Or patients who illegally obtained these prescriptions from "pill mills?" Third, he does not specific where to put the blame but hints that low income/poverty may have something to do with it. Hmmm... now that the crisis has spread to middle income families in EVERY socioeconomic bracket, it's difficult to blame it on problems associated with low income.