Sunday, July 21, 2019

An Onslaught of Pills, Hundreds of Thousands of Deaths

Who is accountable? The origin, evolution and astonishing scale of America's catastrophic opioid epidemic just got a lot clearer. The drug industry -- the pill manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers -- found it profitable to flood some of the most vulnerable communities in America with billions of painkillers.



Let the weak plot their own death.

#1 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-07-21 01:43 PM

To me, it looks as if the drug industry hunted them down and preyed on their plight, before the prey knew how addictive the pills were and the level of damage to the community the pills could do.

I don't think it is the prey being weak as much as they were targeted by a massive drug-industry effort to boost sales and profits.

From the cited article (which is worth a read, imo)...

...Some DEA agents and investigators tried to hold the industry accountable, and in 2005 and 2006, as the pill flood was building, they sent letters to drug distributors and manufacturers saying that they needed to comply with federal law and work harder to prevent their pills from being diverted to the black market.

Despite these warnings, diversion continued. The DEA began making cases against some of the biggest drug companies. The industry fought back. Some members of Congress pushed a new, more industry-friendly law, making it harder for the DEA to penalize companies for failing to report suspicious shipments of narcotics.

When companies did face penalties after government investigations, the fines were trivial compared with corporate revenue. The fines were essentially just one cost of doing business.

For example McKesson, the drug distributor, was fined a record $150 million in 2017. Its net income reported that year was $5 billion....

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-21 01:53 PM

Let the weak plot their own death.

#1 | POSTED BY comrade SNIPPY

Be careful what you wish for as you are one of the weak.

#3 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-21 02:51 PM

#3 | Posted by aborted_monson Coming from a coward like you, that would be a complement. If you are as weak as your posts. I suspect you have to get around in a wheel chair, not because you are crippled, but because your appendages have atrophied from being in fount of your computer 24/7. No arguments, just empty ad hock insults, a minor league mind without reason or intellectual ability. Any one can get hooked on narcotics, most get hooked while being treated for real pain. I deal with chronic pain every day and no, I refuse to take anything stronger than OTCs.

#4 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-07-21 05:36 PM

@#4 ... No arguments, just empty ad hock insults,...

Oh, the irony.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-21 07:26 PM

Let the weak plot their own death.

#1 | Posted by Sniper

I'd be surprised if civilized humans survive another 200 years. So you'll probably get your wish.

#6 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-07-21 08:29 PM

"Let the weak plot their own death.

Does this cover veteran suicides too?

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-21 08:42 PM

The temptation is to blame doctors for being so willing to hand out painkillers. But then when the AMA reviews such cases, almost inevitably the abuser usually gets hooked while enduring tremendous physical pain for which any responsible doctor would prescribe pain killers. Can no one be at fault?

#8 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-07-21 10:19 PM

"Can no one be at fault?"

In my experience, people who asd "whose fault it is" are really asking "who doesn't deserve my sympathy."

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-21 10:26 PM

"The drug industry -- the pill manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers -- found it profitable to flood some of the most vulnerable communities in America with billions of painkillers."

Temerity steeped in stupidity enables americans to be incensed about MS13 but only bleat as this happens to them


you'll remember the good old days when at least you had the choice (for a while) to not take the pills...not like now when they've poisoned our drinking water.

who should we feel the most sorry for...poor folks who managed to get addicted or poor folks who drank the tap water and suffered severe health issues

OPIOIDS ain't bupkus when compared to the damage we'll reap from FRACKING

#10 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-07-21 10:32 PM

@#8 ... usually gets hooked while enduring tremendous physical pain ...

I don't buy that. That may be what the person tells the "doctor" prescribing the pills, but that may not be what is happening.

- or -

There is far too much of a concentration of those affected in such small geographic areas. For example, why do those who live in West Virginia seem to be most of those who suffer tremendous physical pain. Why is the data, exposed by lawsuits by the Washinton Post and the Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia tell a different story.

I'd really like to see links to those AMA studies, as my current opinion is that they may be taken out of context, as they do not explain what is happening.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-21 11:17 PM

btw, interesting tune...

Robert Cray/Albert Collins - The Dream

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-21 11:18 PM

Here in Okiehomie the government hopes that their big lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson will help provide treatment for addicts (and a windfall for pet projects created by the GOP pols seeking to get a piece of the $17B ask in the suit). What the state is actually asking for is relief from blame from years of NOT funding treatment, not increasing Medicaid participation, and from uncontrolled operation of pill mills throughout the state.

When the state of Oklahoma settled with Purdue Pharma a few months ago, a big slice of the windfall went to the lawyers. Another big chunk went to pet projects that had almost nothing to do with providing actual treatment for addicts. And then Uncle Sam came around asking for reimbursement, seeking another big slice of the pie. And the junkies on the street continued their miserable lives, unaffected by this 'victory'.

My prediction: the state of Oklahoma MIGHT win their case, but if so will receive much, much less than their ask. The lawyers will take a slice, pet projects will take up more, and the addicts on the street will receive very little treatment...

#13 | Posted by catdog at 2019-07-22 09:21 AM

"Can no one be at fault?"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. In 21st century America? Not a chance in hell people will concentrate on the problem instead of finding someone to blame. Like Catdog's post alludes to, blame is the biggest priority and actually doing something about the problem is irrelevant.

#14 | Posted by humtake at 2019-07-22 11:45 AM


Hummer: when living in Ohio I saw first-hand that increased Medcaid had an immediate, positive impact on the state's ability to deliver treatment for addicts. GOP Gov. Kasich recognized the public benefit by having Medicaid funds available. BTW: Fewer addicts resulted in reduction in crime in Ohio.

The larger point in my post above: Pols in OK did almost nothing to solve the opioid crisis which continues to this day here. IF they win a jackpot from J&J, they will point to the win as proof they are doing something about the problem. Any money the state receives will be divvied up to a number of people, programs and causes, only SOME of which will involve treating those who need treatment...

#15 | Posted by catdog at 2019-07-22 02:24 PM

There is a dangerous side affect of the ongoing war on opioids. The target is recreational users. The scorched earth attacks have a lot of collateral damage in the form of people who have debilitating pain who live normal lives with the help of opioids but for whom there is no alternative. When a person in permanent excruciating pain loses the ability to get legal opioids in a timely manner they are left with the choice of enduring pain which means extremely low quality of life, or turning to illegal sources. My wife has permanent nerve pain due to a spinal injury. She spent years exploring other options before her doctors at Mayo Clinic found the right mix of medications. She runs a business and on some days can even walk without her cane thanks to opioids. She has a pain contract at the pharmacy. It is fairly common now. It basically says that if she gets opioids from another pharmacy she will be blacklisted for life at all the pharmacies in the network of the pharmacy she uses. It also says she must get her prescriptions from only one physician. She just found out her physician is getting out of pain management. That means hundreds of phone calls trying to find a physician who wont maker her start over on the 6 year path it took to get to her meds. She has been accused of pill seeking (Well yes she has no choice but to seek someone else to prescribe her pills)It is a farce. The heroin users are not affected by rules that make it harder to get prescription opioids. The laws actually push people onto that path

#16 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-07-22 03:13 PM

The Purdue family (Purdue Pharma) has now killed more people than the Vietnam War, and made billions doing it.

#17 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-22 06:48 PM

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