Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
One unique aspect of American culture is that when the government won’t stop corporate wrongdoing, the plaintiff’s bar rushes in to fill the void. (Image: Shutterstock)

How is the U.S. going to end its opioid crisis?

The answer really shouldn’t be that difficult. The president goes on TV to declare a national emergency. He increases the budget of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration by several billion dollars, with the money earmarked for curbing opioid addiction. The Department of Health and Human Services cracks down on excessive opioid distribution, while the Justice Department goes after opioid manufacturers like Purdue Pharma Inc., distributors like McKesson Corp. and egregious overprescribing doctors. At the same time, the government underwrites therapies that block opioid cravings and takes other steps to help addicts break the habit. As the number of opioid-related deaths declines, the president takes a victory lap as his re-election nears. 

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO.com, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited BenefitsPRO.com content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical BenefitsPRO.com information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and BenefitsPRO.com events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com

Already have an account?



Join BenefitsPRO

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to navigate the shifting employee benefits industry. Join BenefitsPRO.com now!

  • Unlimited access to BenefitsPRO.com - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
  • Exclusive discounts on BenefitsPRO.com and ALM events.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join BenefitsPRO
Live Chat

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.