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In recent years, billionaire pharmaceutical executives and hedge fund managers have made billions in profit by creating, feeding, and treating a crisis of opioid addiction in the United States.
As the opioid crisis has turned into a full-blown national public health epidemic, these same companies have sought profit from treating overdoses and addiction, investing in for-profit treatment facilities and drugs to treat overdoses, as well as in cannabinoids, which are increasingly being permitted for medical use despite a federal prohibition on recreational marijuana.
This report examines how the biggest opioid profiteers operate, and offers a roadmap for how policymakers and communities can fight back.