We’re in the midst of an opiate epidemic, and it’s killing Americans at an alarming rate. In John Oliver’s latest report, he unpacks the alarming history of the epidemic, and how the drug companies we entrust with our health helped create it.
The current epidemic isn’t exactly a new development, but as Oliver points out, our current pharmaceutical conundrum hasn’t been around forever. Opiates were hardly prescribed in the 90s except in the most extreme cases of pain management. How did we go from that to nearly half a million opiate-related deaths between 2000 and 2014? The answer, as John Oliver explains, lies in greedy drug companies.