A few days ago, the Los Angeles Times published an extensive investigative report on the dangers of one of the most highly abused drugs in recent history.
The focus of this story is not a street drug like meth, heroin, or cocaine.
It is oxycodone, a legal drug that is commonly prescribed, mainly for people suffering from serious, chronic pain.
The fact that opioid painkillers have addictive properties is not a secret. But the LA Times investigation revealed something that wasn’t widely known, and is perhaps more disturbing: the maker of one of the most popular opioid painkillers pushed doctors to adhere to a dosing schedule that, as it turns out, makes it more likely for patients to become addicts.
This dosing schedule was also approved by federal regulators.