Drug Abuse | The drugmaker’s bankruptcy proposal aims to right OxyContin’s wrongs, but is it enough?
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/23/21, 01:47 pm
As an addiction psychiatrist in Washington state, Dr. Mark Duncan sees patients struggling with opioid addiction every week. He described a recent patient who began overusing opioid painkillers because of an aortic dissection—a serious condition in which blood vessels tear near the heart. The patient’s provider stopped prescribing the drugs, so the man bought any opioids he could find off the street to manage his withdrawals and anxiety. His missed work and poor performance caused him to lose jobs, and he lost relationships as he tried and failed at treatment.