Drug Ad Aired During Super Bowl Could Help Fuel Opioid Addiction Crisis: White House

A White House official said an ad intended to raise awareness of opioid-induced constipation, which aired during Sunday’s Super Bowl, could help fuel the opioid addiction crisis, according to USA Today.

The ad was paid for by two pharmaceutical companies, AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo, which are marketing a drug called Movantik to treat opioid-induced constipation. In atweet, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough responded to the ad by saying, “Next year, how about fewer ads that fuel opioid addiction and more on access to treatment.”

When asked about the ad at a press conference, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama Administration is not proposing any new regulations on the marketing of opioids. He added that the pharmaceutical industry needs to be part of the solution.

Full story of opioid addiction crisis ad airing during Super Bowl at drugfree.org

Billboards Near Super Bowl Carry Pro-Marijuana Messages

Five billboards with pro-marijuana messages have appeared along New Jersey highways leading to MetLife Stadium, the venue hosting Sunday’s Super Bowl. One of the billboards reads: “MARIJUANA: Safer than alcohol…and football.”

One billboard says nearly as many people were arrested for marijuana in 2012 (749,824) as have attended the past 10 Super Bowls combined (751,203).

The signs were purchased by the Marijuana Policy Project, CBS New York reports. The group’s spokesman, Morgan Fox, said the billboards highlight what the group feels is the National Football League’s (NFL) hypocrisy with its beer sponsors. “The same organization has no problem actively advertising a much more dangerous substance, particularly in a relatively family environment,” Fox said.

Full story on pro-marijuana at the super bowl at drugfree.org