Fatalities rise as big pharma profits Pixabay.comWhile drug companies may prey on suffering, the betrayal costs more than just our paychecks. ■ Muriel Dufresne, Golden Era Productions / Contributed On July 19, San Bernardino County filed a lawsuit, joining Riverside County and several municipalities nationwide, against multiple drug companies, distributors and pharmacies alleging that their “aggressive and fraudulent” marketing and distribution practices of prescription opioid painkillers have led to a crisis plaguing our nation. Nearly 1.2 million prescriptions were written in San Bernardino County last year for opioid medications. Officials said at least 35 people died in 2017 from opioid overdoses, and there were at least 259 non-heroin opioid overdose emergency
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