Opioid manufacturer to stop promoting deadly drug
Purdue Pharma , the opioid manufacturer of OxyConti, says it's now time for them to join the fight against the opioid crisis.
According to the statement, the company is focusing on marketing non-opioid drugs.
This doesn't mean they’ll stop selling OxyContin, but sales reps for the company will no longer visit doctor's offices promoting the drug.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports 115 Americans die every day from overdosing on opioids including prescription pain relievers like OxyContin, heroin, and synthetic opioids.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say more than 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in the U.S. in 2017.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse says improvements have been seen in some regions of the country.
However, according to the CDC, Texas is still one of the states with the highest number of opioid-related deaths.