Should Lawmakers Implement Opioid Taxes?
Lawmakers in at least 11 states will consider implementing a tax on opioid manufacturers in upcoming legislative sessions. While the proceeds would pay for addiction prevention, treatment, and education, many in the pharmaceutical industry argue that this will drive up the cost of medications for consumers and the tax will harm companies that manufacture generics, rather than large brand-name manufacturers who fueled the opioid crisis via mass marketing.
Lawmakers will consider implementing opioid taxes in upcoming legislative sessions. Funds will be used to combat the opioid crisis, but drugmakers argue that the tax may ultimately harm consumers. Are you for or against opioid taxes?
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