Finding True America: Some pharmaceutical companies fuel opioid crisis in U.S.
From the misuse of painkillers to America's deadliest drug, fentanyl, opioid addiction has become a catastrophic epidemic in the U.S. over the past two decades. Nia Casselman, an administrator at St. John of God Health Care Services in Victorville, California, has worked in addiction treatment for 25 years and witnessed the opioid surge. She believes that pharmaceutical companies have played a huge role in how people have systematically become addicted. "They were prescribing pain medication in such great amounts ... without talking about the addictive properties," Casselman says, "So you're looking at the physicians as dope dealers, right? If the consumers can't get the drugs from them, now they're turning to the streets."