Massive Opioid Campaign Duped Docs, Bellwether Judge Told

By Bonnie Eslinger (May 9, 2022, 11:56 PM EDT) -- A Stanford addiction expert who's testified in numerous trials brought by governments blaming drugmakers and others for the opioid epidemic testified Monday in San Francisco that doctors, pharmacists and patients were exposed to a "massive misinformation campaign that downplayed the risks and overstated the benefits" of the addictive painkillers.

Monday's testimony came from Anna Lembke, a professor of psychiatry and addiction medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and the author of "Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard to Stop," published in 2016. She said Monday that she became involved in the...

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