An estimated 202,600 Americans died from opioid overdoses between 2002 and 2015; 74 percent of farmers report being addicted to opioids, or know someone who is addicted to narcotic pain relievers places an enormous economic burden on society, costing the U.S. an estimated $504 billion each year (2.8 percent of gross domestic product) The massive increase in opioid sales and subsequent addiction rates have been traced back to an orchestrated marketing plan aimed at misinforming doctors about the drug’s addictive potential
Sackler family members who own Purdue Pharma were intimately involved in the false advertising of OxyContin. A recent investigation reveals the Sacklers also own Rhodes Pharma — one of the largest producers of generic opioids. Dr. Richard Sackler — who was deeply involved in the marketing of OxyContin — was recently awarded a patent for a new, faster-dissolving form of buprenorphine, used in the treatment of opioid addiction, thus making money both on the promulgation of addiction and its treatment
By Dr. Mercola
An estimated 202,600 Americans died from opioid overdoses between 2002 and 2015,1 and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50.2
Chronic opioid use also accounted for 20 percent of the increase in male unemployment between 1999 and 20153 and, remarkably, 74 percent of farmers report being addicted to opioids, or know someone who is. Aside from the staggering death toll, addiction to narcotic pain relievers also places an enormous economic burden on society, costing the U.S. an estimated $504 billion each year (2.8 percent of gross domestic product), according to a November 2017 White House report.5,6
Opioid Epidemic Is No Random Fluke
Adding insult to injury, evidence suggests opioid makers are directly responsible. They knew exactly what they were doing when they claimed opioids — which are chemically very similar to heroin — have an exceptionally low addiction rate when taken for pain. In fact, the massive increase in opioid sales and subsequent addiction rates have been traced back to:
America’s Manufactured Opioid Crisis: Part – Early History
Waking up to history and the fact that thanks to the Bush war in Afghanistan, the use of opioids has tripled in the United States. Keeping American doped up and dumb, so that they wouldn’t see the $21 trillion that has left their borders and in many cases in an offshore bank account of someone that calls themselves an American. Trump “Drain the Swamp” is bringing awareness to the opioid crisis and the fake news that won’t talk about the root cause of the epidemic that is changing the dynamics of many families in America.
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN…WHAT DO YOU KNOW???
The past two years have been a time of reckoning for pharmaceutical manufacturers over their role in promoting opioid drugs that have fed a national epidemic... But as public attention increases, the marketing tide may finally be retreating, a new ProPublica analysis shows. Pharmaceutical company payments to physicians related to opioid drugs decreased significantly in 2016 from the year before.
As thousands of Americans die each year from opioid overdoses, an independent investigation into the Drug Enforcement Agency’s conduct has found that it has been issuing controlled substance licenses to drug dealers, drug addicts, convicted felons and dead people, which is just one of the many things that have fueled the current crisis. The investigation, which was conducted by the Daily Caller, noted that in 2006, only 510,000 individuals and organizations held controlled substance licenses. As of March 2018, that number had increased drastically to 1.7 million licenses.
Drug companies spent nearly $10 million promoting opioid drug use to patient advocacy groups and other nonprofit organizations between 2012 and 2017. More than 42,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2016. Physicians affiliated with patient advocacy groups accepted more than $1.6 million in payments from five manufacturers between 2013 and 2018, according to a new report released Monday by a Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), top Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
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