WASHINGTON — United States Senator Bernie Sanders will introduce a bill that would impose jail time for pharmaceutical executives whose companies engage in manipulative practices when marketing opioids.
As Bernie Sanders has pointed out previously, the opioid epidemic has not only cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, it has also cost federal, state, and local governments hundreds of billions of dollars for healthcare, law enforcement, and reduced productivity. With over 2 million people in the United States now believed to be suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, it is estimated the crisis could potentially claim up to 1 million lives by 2020. In 2016 alone, statistics show over 63,000 U.S. citizens lost their lives as a result of overdosing on opioid drugs.
Ultimately, however, towards fully addressing the extent to which the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ is wreaking havoc on our global healthcare systems, ending the opioid epidemic can only be the first step. To understand why, and learn what needs to be done, see this article on our website.