Wednesday, January 31, 2018

20.8 Million Painkillers in a Town of 3,000 People

Williamson, W.Va., sits right across the Tug Fork river from Kentucky. The town has sites dedicated to its coal mining heritage and the Hatfield and McCoy feud and counts just about 3,000 residents. But despite its small size, drug wholesalers sent more than 20.8 million prescription painkillers to the town from 2008 and 2015, according to an investigation by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The opioids -- hydrocodone and oxycodone pills -- were provided to two pharmacies just four blocks apart. Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and ranking member Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., issued a joint statement on its findings.

Comments

This happened before their tax cut.

Just think of how many more lives they can ruin now that they are rolling in gubmint cheddar.

#1 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-31 09:25 AM

Just think of how many more lives they can ruin now that they are rolling in gubmint cheddar.

#1 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood

Forty dollars a month means 10 extra pills each month. They be wealthy.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-31 10:15 AM

Well W Va has developed a very high tolerance to opiates being has how they have to take so much just to ease the pain of knowing they and their children will forever be working in those beautiful wonderful clean coal mines.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-31 10:55 AM

Kentucky... West Virginia.... Who cares about those shi**les anyway?

#4 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-31 12:37 PM

Hard lives and living with pain as a result - not hard to see. Beside they sent those pills to the town it doesn't mean they just went to people in the town. It works out to about 3000 people on pain killers the whole time though. (2.4 pills per day over 8 years per person)

But anyhow this was before big crack downs on it and from the article it looks like they were using the pharmacies locally as a way to get the drugs quite possibly for "resale".

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-01-31 04:26 PM

Confusing post now that I reread it.

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-01-31 04:27 PM

Why are white people such drug addicts? What is wrong with their genetics or culture that makes them so stupid, weak and self destructive? Send them back where they came from.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2018-01-31 05:13 PM

It works out to about 3000 people on pain killers the whole time though. (2.4 pills per day over 8 years per person)

#5 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE AT

Reckon any of those 3,000 people were children?

Are they also living "hard lives and living with pain as a result - not hard to see"?

#8 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-31 06:11 PM

Send them back where they came from.

#7 | Posted by bored

Back to the mines so they can be with our beautiful clean coal!

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-31 07:27 PM

Why are HUMANS such drug addicts? What is wrong with their genetics or culture that makes them so stupid, weak and self destructive? Send them back where they came from.

#7 | POSTED BY BORED AT 2018-01-31 05:13 PM | FLAG:

Fixed

#10 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2018-01-31 08:05 PM

As an adolescent who constantly sought out means of altering his consciousness (to the point of resorting to the "black out game"), I too have wondered in hindsight why some people have an innate desire to seek out methods of becoming inebriated.

It wasn't until recently that I read a study that suggested a sizable, significant portion of the world population suffer from a dopamine deficiency that has gone entirely undiagnosed. Those with ADD or ADHD are even more susceptible to this condition, which explains their constant interest in being distracted -- distraction denotes attraction to something more stimulating; stimulation being related to the dopamine center of the brain. It's tied to the development of delayed gratification, or lack thereof.

In this context, it makes a lot of sense. It also lends credence to the notion that we are FAR away from addressing the true causes of drug abuse (and yes, I include legal substances in the use of the term 'drug,' such as alcohol). Stop the billions being spent on addressing the symptoms, especially as it relates to the justice system, and bolster the efforts investigating the cause of drug abuse. Because, although genetics and culture play a part, they are not inherently the main issue. There's something far more significant at play that has yet to be identified. And once that variable is identified, I predict it's going to be something that is far more relatable to the general public as a whole than the basic symptoms of drug abuse that take the front seat in politics and the media.

#11 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-31 09:37 PM

County voted 83.2% for Trump.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-31 10:42 PM

"Why are white people such drug addicts?"

The coal turns them black.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-31 10:48 PM

Those with ADD or ADHD are even more susceptible to this condition, which explains their constant interest in being distracted -- distraction denotes attraction to something more stimulating; stimulation being related to the dopamine center of the brain.

#11 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11 AT 2018-01-31 09:37 PM | REPLY |

You should read "The Edison Gene" by Thom Hartmann

We are conditioned to believe that everyone should be able to do anything. Genetics says no. ADHD is a genetic trait that was a survival trait in our hunter-gatherer days. People with the gene were good hunters. Able to spot a flicker of movement while those on the other end of the spectrum were able to be occupied spending a whole day picking bugs off of potato plants. People with ADHD are normal humans just like the rest of us.

#14 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-01-31 11:51 PM

"We are conditioned to believe that everyone should be able to do anything. "

Werner Twertzog‏ @WernerTwertzog

It's important
To tell children
That they can be
"Anything they can dream,"
So that, one day,
They'll blame
Themselves
Instead of
The system

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-31 11:55 PM

#14 | POSTED BY HATTER5183

Drug users are inherently normal humans just like the rest of us.

That was my original point.

#16 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-01 12:13 AM

Instead of trying to cram everyone into the same box and medicating anybody who doesn't fit, we need to help people find the place in society where they do fit. Maybe you think someone who can't focus on memorizing a textbook is in need of remedial help but maybe really that person might be able to learn coding and be an ace because he can spot a difference in the pattern

#17 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-02-01 01:08 AM

"Instead of trying to cram everyone into the same box and medicating anybody who doesn't fit, we need to help people find the place in society where they do fit."

Well, let me know when we can Rx "Friends."
Until then, there's Prozac.
And you guys.
Hi Eberly!

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-01 01:49 AM

heavy demand. vices aren't crimes.

#19 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-02-01 03:32 AM

Well ya know its way cheaper for the companies to push injured employees into a system where the taxpayer pays to keep them ƒøÇ%ø∂ up on euphorics than to employ them... or re-employ them and thereby keeping things profitable... and Walgreens CVS etc play along cause its all legal like.

So what does Trumplethinskin do? He kills a few safety regulations more injuries more opiates...

Why just a few years ago Republiclowns in this forum were all up in arms about Walgreens wanting to move operations to Canada or the UK... they said it was do to Obama's tax burden on businesses... when it fact it was because:
www.usatoday.com

Seems countries with a national health system don't pay as much for their drugs as the US does... move overseas to avoid taxes? Naaaahhhh....it just doesn't pencil out ... far more profitable to just stay here with the Facebook stoners ,

I bet that corporate tax break is like mana from heaven for the big pharma pill pushers.

This story is not a surprise.

#20 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-02-01 04:02 AM

#8 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood

That's why I noted in my next post - what I posted was confusing. It needed more explanation and I didn't have time.

My point is:
- The way of life in that area is very physical for many if not most. Bodies wear out. I suffer from pain every day at most I take a double dose of Aleve. I can see how if you got a prescription you would want more to function in physically laborious jobs.
- Add to that Opiates are highly addictive. A single dose can be all it takes for some.
- The town is 3000. So the surrounding area is probably 6000-12000 more in my experience. So no I don't suppose everyone is on them. Nor do I suppose they are feeding them to kids.
- That said if it becomes culturally acceptable and "'the Doctor' said I should take them", well yes abuse will explode. If you follow the issue with opiate abuse it exploded in areas like this.
- Doctors were prescribing Oxy and other similar drugs because it "wasn't addictive" according to the manufacturers.
- The thing I found disturbing was 40% of the prescriptions were wrote by a doctor 2 and a half hours away. That make me think at least a significant chunk was being used to traffic them on the street and/or purely for abuse.

I don't take this lightly. I know a couple who have nearly died from fentanyl ODs recently. I suspected but wasn't sure they were abusing opiates in particular. Well it was confirmed. Just fortunate she collapsed where she did or they'd both be in the ground.

The drug companies are at fault they are pushing these pills - maybe they are backing off now but I doubt it. State lawsuit after lawsuit is cropping up for cases just like this.

#21 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-02-01 10:24 AM

"Why are [WV] white people such drug addicts?"
The coal turns them black.

#13 | POSTED BY SNOOFY | Flag: Funniest comment of the year so far

#22 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-02-01 01:01 PM

The drug companies are at fault they are pushing these pills

Someday you might learn that blame alone doesn't solve problems.

But, I doubt it.

Your M.O. is like that of so many right-wingers. Once you identify who to blame, your work is done.

Newsflash: When all you do is blame, you haven't actually done anything.

P.S. why didn't you blame the greedy drug users, I guess they aren't as greedy as the greedy home buyers? LOL you're a joke bro.

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-01 01:33 PM

#13

WTF kinda racist remark was that?

#24 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-02-02 05:10 AM

There is no moral difference between the behavior of illegal international drug cartels and legal pharmaceutical Corporations. The same can be said of US Government agencies like the CIA and military. They all kill people for profits.

#25 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-02 06:22 AM

But very few busts.

#26 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-02-02 04:02 PM

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