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Big Pharma Is Starting to Pay for the Opioid Crisis. Make Those Payments Count.

Aug 28, 2019 - The New York Times

Money from Johnson & Johnson and Purdue Pharma could make a big difference — but only if it goes to the right places.

In 1998 tobacco manufacturers reached an unprecedented agreement with 46 states, which had sued the companies for engaging in decades of deceptive marketing practices that contributed to an epidemic of tobacco-related illness and death. Over the next 20 years, the industry paid some $125 billion to the states.

But two decades later, only a fraction of the tobacco ...