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Pharmaceutical Company Behind OxyContin Patents Treatment for Opioid Addiction

The pharmaceutical company responsible for flooding the United States with the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin has now patented a new drug to treat opioid addiction. Rhodes Technologies Inc. filed for a patent earlier this year for a new form of buprenorphine, a mild opioid marketed under the brand name Suboxone to treat addiction to stronger drugs.

But Rhodes Technologies is a subsidiary of Purdue Pharmaceuticals, whose aggressively marketed drug OxyContin helped fuel the international epidemic of opioid overdoses. Dr. Richard Sackler, a member of the family that controls Purdue, is listed as the inventor of the drug on the patent application. The Sackler family made billions of dolla...

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