In 2019, America’s “public enemy number one” has manifested itself not as illegal substances like crack cocaine, but in the form of prescription painkillers. This opioid epidemic is fueled by a racketeering system that champions increased profits for pharmaceutical companies at the expense of public health.
The eyes of the federal court system and local law enforcement have historically been trained to focus squarely on the stereotypical Black or Brown street-level delinquent and the neighborhoods they live in, often locking up minorities for petty drug offenses. The devastating impact of the drug war on Black communities remains measurable today. However, a more high profile offender has infiltrated American communities to push pills more potent than heroin and cocaine, manufacturing guaranteed-to-return customers. As a result, American physicians are prescribing millions of opioid pills for patients who do not need them. PBS called the opioid epidemic the “unintended consequence…
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