Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Andrea True Connection karaoke time for drug makers

More, more,  more.

More pills.

More profits.

More pharmaeutical freedom.

Even as drug makers vow they're combating an opioid epidemic that has cost more than 165,000 American lives since 1999, they're bankrolling a small army of lobbyists at statehouses across the country to fight limits on the drugs.

An investigation by The Associated Press and The Center for Public Integrity reveals that similar feedback loops of information and influence play out regularly in the nation’s capital, fueled by money and talking points from the Pain Care Forum, a loose coalition of drug-makers, trade groups and dozens of nonprofits supported by industry funding that has flown under the radar until now.

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