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Sen. McCaskill Investigating Opioid Manufacturers

The Missouri Democrat wants five top firms to disclose internal studies that may have detailed the possible risks of addiction and abuse associated with painkillers such as OxyContin and other powerful opioid medications, as well as marketing and business plans to increase sales of opioids.

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Addiction and the Next Attorney General

The nation’s devastating opioid ftepidemic should be high on the list of topics raised at the confirmation hearings for AG-designate Jeff Sessions. Here’s how Sessions could rise to the challenge.

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Selling OxyContin: How Abbott Labs Engendered Opioid Crisis

Abbott partnered with Purdue Pharma, the company that developed OxyContin, in the aggressive marketing of the powerful painkiller to medical professionals. The explosion of OxyContin abuse is blamed by many for planting the seeds of today’s opioid crisis. Abbott’s efforts pushed sales of OxyContin from $49 million in its first full year on the market to $1.6 billion in 2002.