Drug Addiction Policy Studies & Research

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Petition aims to hold Purdue Pharma accountable

A change.org petition was started recently to hold Purdue Pharma, and the Sackler family behind it, accountable for their part in creating the opioid crisis. The petition is directed to public and cultural institutions that have added the Sackler family name to buildings and other landmarks because of family donations.  The petition argues that "Purdue’s...Read more

OxyContin maker set to cash in on opioid epidemic


Purdue Pharma is back in the news again as Richard Sackler, part of the family that owns Purdue, is named as one of the inventors on a recent patent for a drug designed for use "treating" addiction.  Purdue's part in promoting widespread use of opioids through direct marketing and manipulation has become the subject of...Read more

Bad medicine’s “devastating” effects


This article is an important summary of the "devastating" effects of equating the "practice of medicine" with the "prescribing of drugs."  In the area of drug addiction prevention and treatment, we are all too familiar with the problems generated by over-prescribing. The rush to place Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) at the center of the official response...Read more

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