These 12 Stories Show How Deadly The Opioid Epidemic Was In 2017


2017 was the year fentanyl became a household name. Here are 12
stories that show just how bad the US opioid epidemic has
gotten, the hucksters who have profited, and how much it’ll
take to get us out of it.

Posted on December 28, 2017, 14:54 GMT

9. One company made a genetic test claiming to spot addiction
before it hits. Then it was raided by the FBI.

Another company seeking to profit off the opioid epidemic was
Proove Biosciences, which touted personalized DNA tests meant
to help select pain medications least likely to lead to
addiction for each patient. The only problem? It was backed by
almost no scientific data showing how reliable the tests were.

And it paid doctors up to $144,000 a year in “research fees” to
get results for a clinical trial to prove its effectiveness,
according to an investigation by STAT News.

That is, until June of 2017, when 25 FBI agents raided the California-based
lab and hauled away boxes of documents as a part of a health
care fraud investigation.

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