“The opioid lobby has been doing everything it can to preserve the status quo of aggressive prescribing. They are reaping enormous profits from aggressive prescribing.” (Doctor Andrew Kolodny, founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing)
You’ve just got to love – strike that, despise – America’s drug cartels. They’ve conspired with each other on a sweeping, nationwide strategy to destroy any and all legal steps to reduce narcotic overdose deaths.
Did you know, for example, that prescription narcotic overdose deaths have gone up an astounding 400%, just since the year 2000? Yes indeed, opioid prescribing by America’s doctors fuels an ugly epidemic that has killed 165,000 citizens in the last 15 tears.
And it’s all perfectly legal.
Do you suppose these characters are losing any sleep? Does their blatant drug-pushing make you proud to be an American?
It doesn’t make the drug cartels proud. But it sure as Hell makes them rich, doesn’t it?
Time to listen up: the monster drug-makers in this country have assembled a veritable army to fight any attempt to stop this madness. They don’t even know – let alone care much – who they’ve killed. They’ve hired over a thousand political lobbyists and are spending millions of dollars to kill any political policy that might – just might – slow the deadly flood of prescribed narcotics into our neighborhoods – the exact drugs at the heart of countless crippling addictions.
In a comprehensive study by the Center for Public Integrity and the Associated Press, it was revealed that the major drug-makers have rapidly upped the funding to drug-pushing advocacy groups, with the goal of fighting any limits on current drug policies – especially those that affect the huge money-makers, such as fentanyl, OxyContin and Vicodin.
You remember fentanyl, OxyContin and Vicodin, right? Those are the legal poisons that killed Prince in April. Of course, they also killed 1,000 other folks in April, but who remembers them?
One of the drug cartels’ most effective dollar-drivers is one the public isn’t even aware of: a behind-the-scenes network of narcotic-friendly nonprofit groups such as the Pain Care Forum, created more than 10 years ago.
The Pain Care Forum has contributed nearly $25,000,000 to 7,000 state-level political candidates over the last decade, with governors and lawmakers who control major agendas – house speakers, senate presidents and health committee chairs – getting the most money.
Obscene amounts of cash for continued drug-pushing in America. And it’s all legal.
At the state level, nearly 210 narcotic-related bills have been introduced, just in the last several years. The handful of groups pleading for tighter prescription restrictions are mostly tiny and poorly-funded, mainly families of those killed by narcotics. Together, they spent about $4,000,000 nationwide at the state and federal levels, on political contributions and lobbying. They employ an average of 8 state lobbyists each year. But their pleas consistently fall on deaf ears.
Here’s but one example: in 2007 in Washington State, government leaders drafted the nation’s first set of medical guidelines urging doctors not to prescribe such high doses of opioids. The Pain Care Forum hired a PR firm to convince the state medical board that the guidelines would hurt patients with chronic pain. Never mind that those in documented chronic pain were not included in the guidelines. The bill was never brought to a vote.
The Center for Public Integrity investigation discovered that the drug-makers employed about 1,500 lobbyists between 2006-2015, when prescribed narcotics’ addictive tendency came under serious scrutiny.
More than 900 babies are born addicted in Tennessee alone each year. Many are hooked on the prescription narcotics their mothers took.
Think about that: addicted infants in the United States. Countless thousands. Think of the utter chaos we are creating in the very near future. Still wonder why a high-schooler might take a rifle to school and start shooting classmates? Why shouldn’t they? They were screwed up even before they were born.
Of course, the drug cartels say they’re committed to solving the problems of overdoses. Major narcotic makers have launched initiatives to encourage more cautious prescribing.
Coulda’ fooled us.
In the U.S. drug regulation is mostly handled at the federal level. But the drug- makers fight hard against attempts to impose common sense restrictions.
Prescription narcotics are synthetic clones of heroin and morphine, prescribed to relieve pain. Sales of the drugs have boomed and overdose deaths have risen just as fast, totaling 165,000 this millennium. Last year, 225,000,000 narcotic prescriptions were doled out in the U.S., enough to hand a bottle of pills to nine out of every 10 American adults.
The drug-makers’ bank accounts are bursting at the seams: Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin and one of the largest narcotic generators, pulled in a whopping $2,400,000,000 from narcotics alone last year, according to the healthcare information company IMS Health.
And that wealth was accumulated AFTER executives pleaded guilty to lying to the public about OxyContin’s addiction risk in 2007. They paid a $600,000,000 like a parking ticket, and kept right on truckin’.
“There’s such a hysteria going on, about those who have died from overdoses.” (Barby Ingle, President, the International Pain Foundation, which receives pharmaceutical company funding)
Yes, indeed, how utterly emotional of us. Why on earth would any decent American get “hysterical” about pain pills killing 35 people per day?
This feeble-minded woman is dumber than a box of rocks.
Trust us: she’d far rather you fret about the flu boogeyman.
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