Health Fraud Scams Pose Serious Health Risk
There are at least 11 companies selling products to help people addicted to opioids that have no proof to support claims that their pills and treatments aid in overcoming an opioid addiction, 2 US government agencies said Wednesday.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said they had posted warning letters to 11 companies that market or distribute the treatments.
Opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin, played a role in 42,249 US deaths in Y 2016, up 28% from Y 2015 and 47% from Y 2014, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) .
The opioid crisis has lowered overall life expectancy in Americans.
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