Two Courts Debunk Widely Accepted Opioid Myths

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Since 2014, state and local governments have filed thousands of lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies they blame for causing the ‘opioid crisis’ by exaggerating the benefits and minimizing the risks of prescription pain medication. The theory underlying these cases is pretty straightforward: Drug manufacturers lied, and people died. Two recent rulings — one by a California judge, the other by the Oklahoma Supreme Court — show how misleading this widely accepted narrative is. Both decisions recognize that undertreatment of pain is a real problem and that bona fide patients rarely become addicted to prescription opioids, let alone die as a result.” (11/17/21)