CHAPTER 4

America’s Self-Created Opioid Tragedy

The saga of America’s opioid crisis reads like The Godfather, except that organized crime never caused this level of chaos, community devastation, and death. The Healthcare Industrial Complex (the System) created and turbocharged the opioid crisis on an unsuspecting public. Nefarious collaboration between Congress, industry, and government agencies makes the System complicit in dealing dangerous drugs to vulnerable populations for gargantuan profits.

The opioid epidemic is devastating communities across the country. The human toll is catastrophic. In September 2017, the Cincinnati Enquirer released “Seven Days of Heroin: This Is What an Epidemic Looks Like,” which chronicles an ordinary week of ...

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