U.S. Lawmakers Say WHO Helped Fuel Opioid Crisis

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By Clyde Hughes

Two members of Congress have issued a report that gives the United Nations’ chief global health organization some responsibility for the opioid crisis in the United States.

House Reps. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Hal Rogers of Kentucky say in the report that Purdue Pharma, the maker of the popular painkiller OxyContin, paid for research and influence to shape drug prescribing recommendations from the World Health Organization. The 43-page report is titled Corrupting Influence—Purdue

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