“played a significant role in creating the necessary conditions for the U.S. opioid epidemic”

A new Senate report looks at financial relationships between opioid manufacturers and pain advocacy groups:

Sen. Claire McCaskill released a report Monday alleging that from 2012 to 2017, leading manufacturers of opioids gave $9 million to pain treatment advocacy groups, an arrangement the report says “may have played a significant role in creating the necessary conditions for the U.S. opioids epidemic.”

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“Notably, a majority of these groups also strongly criticized 2016 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that recommended limits on opioid prescriptions for chronic pain — the first national standards for prescription opioids and a key federal response to the ongoing epidemic.” McCaskill’s investigators concluded.

 

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