Laurence Doud III, the former CEO of a major drug distribution company, has become the first person to face criminal charges related to America’s opioid drug crisis.
Since the late 1990s there has been a rapid increase in the use of prescription opioid drugs. By 2011 these drugs had risen to become the most prescribed class of medications in the United States. Chemically related to heroin, and with similar devasting effects on health, prescription opioids are highly addictive. As a result, they are now contributing to the deaths of more than 70,000 Americans a year.
While Laurence Doud III may be the first to face criminal charges over America’s opioid crisis, he should not be the last. Ultimately, the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ will only be terminated when the people responsible for maintaining it are brought to account for their crimes.
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