Addiction in Alaska

Before she died, Joshua Hunt’s grandmother’s painkillers began disappearing ever-more-quickly before his eyes, he writes.
 
The opioids were prescribed by the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium—a lifeline for many Native Alaskans, and a source of opioids that a disproportionate number of them were becoming addicted to.
 
But in a lawsuit the group has filed against Purdue Pharma, the nonprofit claims it “served as an unwitting instrument in Purdue’s crusade to hook vast numbers of Americans on opioids.”
 
By declaring bankruptcy last week, Purdue Pharma may avoid facing groups like SEARHC in court.
 
The New Republic

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