Who’s to blame for the opioid crisis?

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Overdose deaths from opioid painkillers are epidemic across the country. States and other localities are taking drug companies to court. Taxpayers are stuck with increased costs for public health, courtrooms, jails and coroners’ offices. The governments want compensation. They claim Big Pharma has knowingly played down the risks of opioids and pushed doctors to increase prescriptions that maximize company profits. Who do the companies blame? Drug users--who don’t pay attention to the directions. We’ll hear legal—and moral—arguments.




Warren Olney