Tito Jackson once worked for drug maker

Roxbury, MA -- 1/12/2017 - Tito Jackson, Roxbury City Councilor walks through Dudley Square directly after announcing his mayoral candidacy. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

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City Councilor Tito Jackson (above) marketed Kadian for New Jersey-based Alpharma when he worked for the company from 2004 until 2006. –Jessica Rinaldi / Boston Globe

City Councilor Tito Jackson has made the drug addiction epidemic a centerpiece in his campaign for mayor, lamenting “an opioid crisis which has not been addressed.”

But long before the scourge of widespread opioid abuse fully came into public view, Jackson worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative, and it was his job to convince doctors, pharmacies, and medical experts that one opioid in particular — the morphine-based Kadian — was an alternative to better-known drugs like OxyContin.

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