For the millions of Americans struggling with opioid addiction, breaking the habit can be physically and psychologically demanding.
Scott Lukas, director of the Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., has spent much of his career researching and developing drugs to treat opioid addiction.
Those who quit abruptly can experience violent withdrawal symptoms for up to 10 days, and once those subside, they still have to cope with anxiety and intense cravings.
Many of the drugs on the market are opioids themselves, but are formulated to deter abuse, while minimizing withdrawal symptoms.
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Gaston leaders, Attorney General talk opioid addiction
according to But our News 5 investigation found at least one those big pharmaceutical companies is making money off the overdoses too.
“I don’t even know what drugs Pfizer makes I assume they make a lot of drugs including drugs that are very helpful for disease in Ohio.”
A drug so effective, Senator Port man ensured every first responder in the U.S.
An antidote to a deadly epidemic experts say was fueled by pharmaceutical companies, the same companies, that have donated heavily to Ohio lawmakers, including Senator Port man.
From 2006 to 2015 the Pain Care Forum, a coalition of pharmaceutical companies and their lobbyists, poured $3.5 million dollars into Ohio political coffers.
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