Many people in South Carolina suffer from substance abuse problems. Among the most dangerous substances to become addicted to are opioids. How do people get the drugs they crave to feed their addiction? Most Americans picture thugs on the side of the street peddling heroine, but the truth is often even more terrifying than this.
According to NBC News, Purdue Pharma allegedly faces some responsibility for feeding the opioid epidemic gripping the United States. Recent court documents claim that the pharmaceutical company first sold OxyContin to patients, creating the perfect market for then selling an anti-addiction drug. Documents allege that one of the ways Purdue fueled the opioid crisis is by telling doctors that OxyContin had a low risk of addiction. In 2017, 48,000 Americans died from overdoses related to this and other opioid substances.
That said, the more stereotypical manifestation of drug dealers on the street also helped to fuel the opioid crisis. Because of this, lawmakers are doing everything possible to crack down on them. According to a CNBC article, in 2018, lawmakers passed a law that would create what it called a “business challenge” for people involved in the drug trade.
The new legislation targets not just heroin, but synthetics. Synthetics like fentanyl can be even more addictive than heroin. Prescription painkillers that often slide beneath the radar are also under attack. In addition to this, lawmakers are now viewing non-pharmaceutical organizations that participate in the drug trade as businesses, even though they are illegal. This leads to a stronger focus on disrupting the corporate structure, and thus, how these businesses operate.