January 18, 2018 – There is no single reason why the drug epidemic has affected so many individuals struggling with the disease of addiction. However, it’s important to address factors when they can be identified.
This week, the city of Philadelphia accused major opioid manufacturers of “deceptive marketing of prescription opioids” in a lawsuit. City health officials claim the companies’ practice has contributed to the public health crisis.
The city wants to recover costs related to responding to the opioid epidemic, including paying first responders and bolstering funding for public health programs and other departments affected by the drug crisis.
More from NBC Philadelphia:
“The epidemic currently plaguing the city has exacted a grim toll on Philadelphia residents and their families,” [Philadelphia Mayor Jim] Kenney said. “And the cause can be directly linked to methods used by manufacturers to market and sell their products to doctors and the public. Those tactics have to end.”
The number of deadly overdoses in Philadelphia in 2017 is expected to reach 1,200, one-third more than 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Philadelphia suffered a higher rate of overdose deaths than any other major American city.
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