The pharmaceutical industry by some estimates is making as much as $11 billion annually in the manufacture and sale of opioids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the majority of drug overdose deaths in the United States currently involve an opioid. A former Senior DEA official and current Whistleblower, Joe Rannazzisi, claims that Congress and the pharmaceutical industry have fueled the ever-growing opioid epidemic.
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******What are the ethical responsibilities, if any, of both the pharmaceutical industry and Congress in the havoc that is being wreaked by the manufacture and sale of opioids in the United States? What role do lobbyists play in all of this?******