Most Americans want drug companies held accountable for the opioid epidemic
An overwhelming majority of Americans want pharmaceutical companies to be held accountable for the opioid epidemic, according to a new NPR and Ipsos poll.
A slight majority, 56 percent, said companies should be held responsible for making the opioid crisis worse. In the past, these businesses have been accused of blatantly ignoring the abuse and illegal distributions of their drugs. An overwhelming majority of respondents also supported drug producers doing more to help fight the epidemic: 73 percent said they wanted these drug companies to produce funds to help opioid addiction treatment, and 72 percent said they should distribute naloxone kits, which would help revive those who have overdosed.
A majority of respondents were even willing to have the government intervene to help solve the epidemic: 71 percent said they wanted to restrict opioid redistribution, while 66 percent said they’d support a more widespread distribution of naloxone in hope that it would prevent overdose deaths.
The poll, conducted this month, comes as more than 1,600 civil lawsuits have been filed against drug companies. The Justice Department announced on Tuesday that, for the first time in history, it was charging executives of a major drug distributor with conspiring to distribute drugs and defrauding the federal government — charges that have long been associated with cartel bosses, not the pharmaceutical industry.
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