Recently, the Oklahoma State Justice Department succeeded in coming to a settlement with drugmaker Allergan and pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. The settlement came out to about $226 million, funds that Oklahoma won from the four corporations for their harmful role in advancing the opioid epidemic. This settlement is a victory for Oklahoma, as the Sooner State has been one of the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, especially regarding prescription opioid addiction.
The State of Oklahoma has long struggled with exceptionally high rates of prescription drug abuse – high enough to keep the state in the number one spot nationally. With so many people trying to help, why is it so hard to make inroads into this problem?