Pain is as old as complex cell organisms and greed is as old as the cave man.
What is relatively new is how scientists, corporations, (and even physicians trained to help people), engage the business of creating, distributing and profiting from medicines intended to help people but marketed to make money.
The company that reinvented and re-marketed the long used chemical compound called Oxycodone (Oxycodone is an analgesic medication synthesized from poppy-derived thebaine. It was developed in 1916 in Germany, as one of several new semi-synthetic opioids in an attempt to improve on the existing opioids: morphine, diacetylmorphine (heroin), and codeine.) as the new Oxycontin (a synthetic analgesic drug that is similar to morphine in its effects and subject to abuse and addiction.) has unleashed an epidemic that was inherent in a drug that needs much closer control and should be prescribed by properly trained physicians.
So the issue is …