The Price of Painkillers

Could this be a domino effect?

Stefon Walters


September 3, 2019

Johnson & Johnson got smacked with a $572 million fine from the state of Oklahoma for their role in the country's ongoing opioid crisis. According to Oklahoma, Johnson & Johnson purposely misled doctors and the public about how addictive painkillers actually were and often encouraged overprescribing. This is the first time a big corporation has been held responsible for its role in the crisis, so there's a chance this can start a domino effect. Other pharmacy companies are in the background with sweaty palms tryna prepare for the worst.

Oklahoma was originally tryna get $17 billion from Johnson & Johnson, so all things considered, $572 million is a slight "win." For perspective, they made $81.5 billion last year.

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