The United States has an opioid problem. Heroin overdose deaths rates have tripped since 2010 according to one report -- and overall opioid overdose death rates have tripled since 2000. It's not going away.
This week, United States Senator Claire McCaskill released a report on the findings of a congressional investigation into the practices of pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics. The jaw-dropping allegations detail the process in which agents systematically convinced insurers to pay for a highly-addictive opioid cancer pain drug for patients who didn't have cancer.