In the largest settlement related to the opioid epidemic in US history, the British company Reckitt Benckiser Group (creators of suboxone) are paying $1.4 billion to end investigations into their company.
For the first time since our nation’s opioid crisis began in 2013, criminal charges have been filed on big pharma executives. The former executives of Rochester Drug Co-Operative (RDC), which is one of the top-10 largest drug distributors in the US, have been criminally charged.
Did you know drug overdoses now kill more people annually than gun homicides and car crashes combined? In fact, the US life expectancy average declined in 2015 for the first time in decades, and experts are blaming drug overdose as a leading cause. We’re talking 52,000 people dead in one year.
Agents at the DEA claim that just as they were going to make an example of one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the US, things fell apart.