Opioid epidemic expert discusses Johnson & Johnson's role in causing crisis

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By Randy EllisStaff writerrellis@oklahoman.comNORMAN — Johnson & Johnson and groups that it funded have "contributed to a public health catastrophe" by repeatedly putting out materials that contained false and deceptive information, a nationally renowned expert on the crisis testified Tuesday. Andrew Kolodny, a New York City doctor who has served as a policy adviser to Congress, testified that Johnson & Johnson repeatedly promoted the message that untreated pain was a major problem in the United States as the company sought to increase opioid sales. The doctor took issue with use of the word "opiophobia" in some published documents to describe how an irrational fear of addiction could interfere with a doctor prescribing opioids for someone in need of...

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Opioid epidemic expert discusses Johnson & Johnson's role in causing crisis

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