Summit County lawsuit alleges pharma companies pushed dangerous opioids to make a profit

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  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2018 12:29 p.m.

    The quoted passages from the county's complaint make it seem the physicians who prescribe the pain killers are innocent victims. They aren't. They should be included as defendants. But that's too personal; if Margaret Olsen sued local doctors she wouldn't make it past the next election. For her, pharmaceutical companies are ideal defendants because they aren't in Summit County or the State of Utah. And the two 13-year-old boys mentioned in the article didn't get their killer drugs from doctors and pharmacies, or even local drug dealers; they got them by mail order from China.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2018 10:49 a.m.

    While I am a little glad to see the hypocrisy fading (that is calling street dealers criminals; but considering big pharma to be saintly); we really need a change of course if we are to even begin to address the epidemic of drug addiction and abuse.

    We need to end the war on drugs; and stop calling drug users (of any type); drug makers (of any type); and drug dealers (of any type) criminals. Instead we should treat addiction as a medical problem rather than a criminal one.

    Civilly; if a doctor over-prescribes; or a pharmaceutical company fails to make adequate warning; then they should be required to fund 100% of the costs of healthcare treatment for the addict.

    Otherwise, let's focus on education, education, education to prevent addiction in the first place; and good medical care for those already afflicted.

  • drich Green River, Utah
    March 21, 2018 7:35 a.m.

    This is good news, now we can start sueing the automobile industries when kill people with our cars.