A pharmacy technician counts hydrocodone and acetaminophen tablets, also known as Vicodin. For more than a decade, members of a little-known group called the Pain Care Forum have blanketed Washington, D.C., with messages touting prescription painkillers’ vital role in the lives of millions of Americans, creating an echo chamber that has quietly derailed efforts to curb U.S. consumption of the drugs, which accounts for two-thirds of the world’s usage.
A pharmacy technician counts hydrocodone and acetaminophen tablets, also known as Vicodin. For more than a decade, members of a little-known group called the Pain Care Forum have blanketed Washington, D.C., with messages touting prescription painkillers’ vital role in the lives of millions of Americans, creating an echo chamber that has quietly derailed efforts to curb U.S. consumption of the drugs, which accounts for two-thirds of the world’s usage. Sue Ogrocki Associated Press file
A pharmacy technician counts hydrocodone and acetaminophen tablets, also known as Vicodin. For more than a decade, members of a little-known group called the Pain Care Forum have blanketed Washington, D.C., with messages touting prescription painkillers’ vital role in the lives of millions of Americans, creating an echo chamber that has quietly derailed efforts to curb U.S. consumption of the drugs, which accounts for two-thirds of the world’s usage. Sue Ogrocki Associated Press file

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