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Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic - Barry Meier - 2018 (Science) [Audiobook]

Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic - Barry Meier - 2018 (Science) [Audiobook]
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OxyContin, a potent painkiller containing opium-derived oxycodone as its key active ingredient, was first sold in 1996 as a treatment for cancer patients and other chronic pain sufferers. From the start, the drug's manufacturer aggressively marketed its patented time-release formula as a breakthrough in the effort to reduce prescription drug abuse. It wasn't long, however, before thrill-seeking teenagers shattered that illusion of safety; by simply crushing an "Oxy," they were able to tap into a high so seductive it would come to dominate their lives. Some patients, seeking relief from pain, also found themselves drawn to the drug's dark side.
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