Americans are dying from opioid addiction at an astounding rate. The numbers of opioid deaths are in the tens of thousands annually. It is no secret that the opioid addiction crisis was well orchestrated by giant pharmaceutical companies. However, it turns out, that the doctors prescribing the opioids were not just that of pharma’s puppets, but more their profiteers.
Researchers at Harvard University have discovered that opioid manufacturers are paying off doctors to prescribe the addictive, controversial painkillers. The more opioids a doctor prescribes, the more money he or she makes.
The study shows that “thousands of doctors” were paid more than $25,000 to write opioid prescriptions. The larger the amount of the prescription, the larger the sum of the payment, according to the report published by CNN.
The CNN/Harvard analysis looked at 2014 and 2015, during which time more than 811,000 doctors wrote prescriptions to Medicare patients. Of those, nearly half wrote at least one prescription for opioids.Fifty-four percent of those doctors — more than 200,000 physicians — received a payment from pharmaceutical companies that make opioids.
Doctors were more likely to get paid by drug companies if they prescribed a lot of opioids — and they were more likely to get paid a lot of money.Among doctors in the top 25th percentile of opioid prescribers by volume, 72% received payments. Among those in the top fifth percentile, 84% received payments. Among the very biggest prescribers — those in the top 10th of 1% — 95% received payments.
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