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New Jersey officials are taking on a core state industry by filing a lawsuit against a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) that makes opioids, accusing the company of misleading patients about the addictive dangers posed by its drugs, The New York Times writes. More than 40 state attorneys general have joined a multiyear, wide-ranging investigation of manufacturers and distributors of opioids, but this marks the first time that New Jersey has brought legal action against a company based in the state as it struggles to contain a spiraling opioid addiction crisis.

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    • There is plenty of blame to go around, if you want to blame doctors you should really blame the AMA. The AMA did not want doctors to take Continuing Education on either pain or addiction. Blaming doctors is what the media has been peddling, when it is a lot more complicated that that. Heath Providers did force doctors to prescribe opiates, because it was less expensive than diagnosing the problem.
      The real blame should go to the media for stigmatizing pain patients, and and the people addicted to drugs, while protecting the other industries that profited. The Industry lobbyists and bought and paid for politicians should get most of the blame, they never get mentioned when they discuss this topic.
      We can blame market based healthcare, since these drugs made billions for the pharma industry. enough for them to avoid the laws and regulations. While they were scrutinizing people with legitimate medical needs, billions of pills were diverted form the supply chain to the black market.

      Oversimplification, lies and marketing propaganda created this mess. and people are still blaming doctors, that would be why people are still dying. Publications like this one have not told the entire story, instead they sensationalized parts of it, to please their advertisers. When “journalists/marketers” are educated at PhARMA conventions they have an alternative view of the facts.

      None of the culprits have faced any criminal charges, because they used political insiders, like Rudy Giuliani to undermine the laws. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/22/rudy-giuliani-opioid-epidemic-oxycontin-purdue-pharma

      Thanks to the GAs Lighting of popular media, and sites like this the deaths will continue. Misreporting the facts is quite profitable.

    • Mr. Johnson,
      Based on your statement, “Heath Providers did force doctors to prescribe opiates, because it was less expensive than diagnosing the problem.” Therefore, the Doctors are at fault.

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