Big Pharma’s “Stranglehold” on Congress Worsening Opioid Epidemic

(COMMON DREAMS) Lauren McCauley,October 31, 2016 — If it seems like Big Pharma has escaped accountability for its role in perpetuating the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic, those suspicions are not unfounded.

According to a former top Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official, the industry’s influence over Congress has successfully quashed efforts to regulate the pharmaceutical drug market aiding an unprecedented addiction to legal drugs.