February 27, 2019

Big Pharma and Addiction



By Dale Vernor

Abuse of opioids including illicit forms and prescribed painkillers has been a problem the
United States has struggled with for a long time, even before the 1900s. In 1998,
Bayer, a leading pharmaceutical company, started producing heroin, an opioid for
commercial purposes. It was touted a “wonder drug” from its first clinical trials making
its use widely spread. Even the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment director
Kimberly Johnson mentioned that during the early 1900s, derivatives of heroin and
other substances weren’t a big deal, saying that drugs such as heroin were used to
suppress coughs.