A new Opioid Abuse training program is mandated by the FDA to be funded by opioid drug manufacturers. A program now is long overdue. However, it does show a ripple in the FDA’s view on opioid abuse and opioid deaths. Fox news recently posted an article outlining the program which sadly is voluntary.
Prescribing doctors are the gateway to opioid prescription addiction. Prescription drug abuse starts and ends with doctors. Ironically, the new program only mandates funding by drug companies but does not mandate participation by doctors who are responsible for the massive genocide occurring.
Addiction and the paper trail
Our brightest and young people in the United States have easy access to opioid drugs which destroy their lives. Opioid abuse is the leading cause of death for young people. I have said this many times, there is NO therapeutic use for opioids. Therapeutic use studies are performed by drug companies and the results are skewed for them. Drug companies self fund studies and establish a hypothesis for the drug use. Consequently they seek results which support it rather than allowing the scientific method to substantiate or invalidate it.
FDA and opioid prescribing doctors are the source of the crisis our country is going through. Therefore, without the distribution of the drugs, more than 90% of the addicted users would never have considered heroin. Heroin usage is at a all time high. Increased heroin addiction is correlated to the rise of potent opioid drugs such as Fentanyl, Oxycontin, etc. When patient no longer can get a legal prescriptions they turn to the streets and engage in illegal activity. eferred to as “cross over” addicts are your normal mom and pop people. Almost all new illegal drug users are turning to heroin to alleviate their withdrawal symptoms. It is a vicious cycle which the drug companies are aware of. Drug companies knowingly create drugs which will skirt the FDA rules. As a result, they create the opioid dependence they want to increase their profits.
Every single day there are hundreds of deaths due to opioid overdose. They come in the form of heroin and prescription pain killers. Naloxone Rescue Kits will save the lives of these opioid overdose victims. Like the other article in this blog, a plane crash a day happens and nobody speaks out. Remove the socio-political debate of drug users and their addiction from the equation. Ultimately, we are left with a human being who is sick and suffering. These active addicts needlessly die each day due to opioid drug abuse. In most cases, naloxone rescue kits will save the life of person who consumed lethal dose of opioids.
Nearly, half of the deaths are due to mixture of drugs e.g. alcohol and opioids. Often the deaths are recreational users who have no tolerance built up and die from first use. Opioid overdoses is the number one preventable death in the USA. Naloxone is a simple and readily available overdose prevention drug. Why is this drug not available in Costa Rica and other countries?
Opioid Overdose Prevention
You would think that a drug which when used correctly, will save the lives of opioid overdose victims. It is not a debatable scenario, not only chemically is it proven to prevent deaths from heroin overdose but in practice it has remarkable success in abating drug use for active addicts.
Naloxone is a potent opioid antagonist which locks tightly to the opioid receptors. Treatment success is so profound that now in the USA, first responders are encouraged to carry with them a nasal spray version of this life saving drug.
Here is WebMD article on how Naloxone is used in treatment of opioid overdose.
Many drug addicts have no idea that the heroin they are buying has been stepped on. Stepped on means that between the source and the street seller, the original drug has had some other chemical added to it. Mainly this is done to increase profits. Turning a kilo of heroin into 3 kilos triples their profit. Most often, drugs such as Fentanyl are mixed in during the stepping process. Fentanyl is so potent and powerful that just touching it can lead to death. First responders learned the hard way when treating overdose victims. Field training of first responders include wearing breathing masks and covering up any exposed skin. Fentanyl powder is readily absorbed by the skin, even the most casual contact can cause intoxication. Naloxone rescue kits help the overdose victims but also help first responders from accidental exposure.
When it comes to the opioid drug war, the United States is losing. Every day hundreds of new victims are killed from opioid overdose . The President of the United States or POTUS has a finding called “clear and present danger.” This finding is used to defend the United States homeland from foreign threats using military force. POTUS has not yet created a finding for the opioid threat but it has to come. We need a finding that a clear and present danger exists within our own borders. We need to take action.
Invasion from within our borders
Our United States has been invaded from within and by foreign states. Within safety of our wonderful country, the United States protects the companies such as Insys Therapeutics. Insys owner, John Nath Kapoor is not even a native born US citizen. He is a naturalized one who has profited from the production of a nasal spray form of fentanyl. While his storing is tragic and seems heartfelt. Subsys, a sublingual spray of fentanyl for cancer patients is overdramatized. It is a medication that is abused and creates addiction. My own mother died of cancer but she would not want to see thousands of deaths weekly from the opioid overdoses caused by the lethal drugs companies such as Insys Therapeutics manufactures.
Companies, such as Insys Therapeutics within our own borders are killing our citizens and profit from the opioid drug war . While the nightly news focuses on terrorism and its imminent threat, they ignore the real murderers. Insys Therapeutics is protected by US laws and our way of life. As a country we allow them to profit from the addiction to opioid chemicals they produce. Insys Therapeutics is just one company that profits from the addictive fentanyl substance. Johnson and Johnson is another company which profits immensely from its subsidiary company, ALZA Corporation. ALZA is the company which produces Duragesic.
Opioid drug war is top killer of US citizens
Duragesic is a transdermal patch which delivers fentanyl. It is a major contributor of opioid tolerance abuse both by doctors and patients. In the fiscal year 2002-2003 according to Wikipedia, Duragesic sold more than $1,000,000,000 worth of the product. Fast forward to 2017, we have candy like lozenges called Actiq. Drug companies deliver fentanyl via nasal spray, pill form, intravenous forms. Massive prescriptions are leading to unknown addicted people. Prescription pill addictions end up contributing to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. Major news magazine published an article on the opioid drug war. It was recognized by Newsweek this year in a article asking what is fentanyl? Newsweek tried to educate what millions of people already knew about. Thousands of families know what fentanyl is becasue it killed their child.
The USA has been losing the opioid drug war. A sad part is that it is still a side issue unlike ISIS terrorism. One study of the shows the opioid drug war has claimed 52,404 drug overdose deaths in 2015. That is ONE year. The war on terrorism which has killed according to the Cato Institute 3,432 people in the United States between 1975 and the end of 2015. When the USA has spent billions of dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With all of the money spent on wars, there are more people are killed within our countries borders. More people killed in the USA each year from drug profiting companies and cartels. These people are not killed because of terrorism.
Fox news ran a story about how families whose children have died from opioid overdose are changing what they say in their obituaries. It seems as if this is the last attempt from families to cry out in rage and frustrations. Rage at a system of government and opioid drug companies that conspire to medicate the citizens of the United States. Frustration about a society that views drug overdose victims as a choice. Albeit a bad one but still a choice to use opioids.
Here you can read the story but the gist is that families are coming clean with the reason their children have died so young and tragically. Their hope is that they can send a last message to those who knew the child that they died needlessly and without cause. Their child died because of a system that treats them as a criminal. They died because they were addicted to heroin after not being able to obtain their pharmacy brought pills. The death resulted because of an untreated medical illness called addiction. These children died because society views them as dirty and weak.
Saying Goodbye to Opioid Victims
Normally obituaries are meant to be a final farewell. To a life long lived and well deserved. But how do obituaries work for young heroin opioid overdose victims? How does obituaries work for children dying from opioid use? What do you write for a summary of a child’s life that ended in a drug overdose? Can you sum up a life that ends so tragically with flowery words? You cannot. So these families are writing the truth about opioid overdose, which has been hidden for so long. My child died of a opioid drug overdose! It was something that could have been prevented. These parents are hoping that other families and other parents will read the obituary and take action. To not overlook that their children’s addictions or recreational drug use are not optional. That any recreational drug use is very serious and can end in death.
There is a saying in the 12 step program for narcotics, that the end result of drug use is jails. institutions, or death. Institutions is a reference to drug rehab and despite the Hollywood spotlights of celebrities going to rehab, the reality is that only a few percent of drug addicts ever have this option. Drug rehab centers are filled with very lucky people because the other two results jails and death are not something a sane person chooses.
It is an absolute tragedy and humanitarian crime to send someone to jail for using illegal drugs. It is mind blowing to think that people are in jail for their personal use and their addiction causes them to make poor decisions which leads them down a road of personal destruction. However, there is a big distinction between robbing and killing someone in order to obtain money to purchase drugs in which they are addicted to than personal consumption. Crimes such as these, while rooted in the addiction to legal or illegal substances must be punished. The justice system also does take into account first offenders whose crimes result from addictions. I read a comment the other day which made me sick and twists the issue which we are facing as a nation.
I cannot recall where the comment was but I copied and pasted it to write about it later. It said, “now that white people are addicted is it called a epidemic” or “if you are black and addicted you are a criminal but if you are white and addicted you are a victim” “so now that whites are affected it is a “problem” you are not going to call them “thugs” ??? now we have to a solution huh? instead of sending them to jail ??”
This comment just like Black Lives Matters attempts to twist issues by aligning them to a group of people without discussing the real issue. It is as if, we are not allowed to discuss the opioid epidemic or call it that because violent criminals, albeit addicted, but violent criminals are in jail because of the choices they made.
The opioid epidemic is a big issue not only because of the number of people who are addicted but because of the number of people dying every day from overdoses. The number of deaths related to “thug” related deaths pale in comparison. What makes this issue all the more tragic is that this is big business doing what the tobacco companies did for years. While it took 30-50 years for a person to die of lung cancer and they knew that damage was inevitable when used correctly. Drug companies who make the opioid chemicals 500 times more addicting know very well that people can become addicted in a short time when used as directed. They call it dependance and withdrawal discontinuation symptoms. They also know that patients are 90% more likely to request refill’s of the drugs even when the original usage no longer is relevant and when the medical system cuts them off, these prescription addicted patients turn to street heroin to avoid the terrible side effects of withdrawal.
So when reading a comment like this person left, just tells me they are bitter and they themselves feel they are the “real” victims and lash out because they are jealous that media attention is now being given to opioid addictions.
How does a drug called Fentanyl which was designed for surgery get prescribed for a therapeutic use? Never mind there is no such thing as therapeutic use regardless of the dosage the doctor prescribes. These drugs have no therapeutic value because they cause addiction in every single instance of a user who takes the drug more than 72 hours. Does anyone ever ask this question?
How did drugs so powerful get into consumer hands? Most of all, why does nobody ask this question? Drugs such as Fentanyl do not even exist in other countries because the respective governments acknowledge there is no therapeutic use. Countries such as Costa Rica know a drug brand such as Fentanyl creates absolute dependence and in the end brings harm to both the user and the society they live in.
Fentanyl’s Legal Drug Pushers
The new drug lobby in the United States is not sitting in Washington DC. The new opioid drug pushers are twenty something, pretty woman lobbying doctors all across the United States and around the world. They visit doctors at the hospitals and their offices to push their companies drugs. This is done on a daily basis and their salary bonuses are based on the increase in the number of prescriptions for the drug.
Pharmaceutical representatives are the new age drug pushers. Careful talking points which helps the doctors learn to prescribe new drugs for indications which they normally would consider. They take the word of a young aggressive woman who promises a weekly visit and bright smile and lunch meetings. Millions of samples are provided to doctors. Handing out to patients in a, “try this” and let me know if this works for you. McNeil Laboratories back in the 90’s did this with a drug called tramadol. Producing hundreds of millions of Ultram sample pills. They did this knowing dependence of the drug would result in the patient coming back for a prescription or refill. For almost all of the new age drug pushers, it is a numbers game. Therefore, it is get as many people to try the drug and the chemical will bring home the money.
Fentanyl is out of control
This is disgusting and abusive business behavior. Rather, the government of the United States under the auspices of the FDA did nothing.
Furthermore, despite the studies and the massive number of opioid deaths, Fentanyl continues to be prescribed by doctors as a therapeutic option. Insurance companies cover the cost for patients and many of those patients are part of the supply chain. Fentanyl patients know due to the high street value of the patches, it is in demand. If they know someone who wants to buy them, it is an easy money maker for them. Despite drug companies being aware of this practice, they do nothing and in conclusion they actually facilitate it.
Imagine the media coverage of a airline crashing into a hillside, or falling out of the sky due to mechanical failure. The coverage runs non stop all day long with reports of casualties, names of victims, company response, government action, cause speculation. Thankfully it does not happen everyday but it does. Just not a airliner, hundreds of people are dying each day from opioid overdoses. Imagine a plane crash a day of young people dying, there would be so much outrage and call for action and change. A plane load of people die each day from opioid overdoses.
Hundreds of young people die each day
Yet the media is silent about the hundreds of victims dying everyday from prescription drugs and heroin. Why is that? Is it because they do not all die together? Is it because society still views addicts as a lifestyle choice? Where is the outrage? Why is there no call for action? Where is the government who controls these drugs? Sadly these are not heard and cannot be found. The victims and their families are left to suffer and mourn alone.
All this takes place each and every day and the sole beneficiary of this entire process is the drug makers. The company that produces the drugs. These companies sanitize themselves by claiming doctors have the responsibility to administer the drugs. Yet, it is the same company which teaches the doctors how to prescribe and what is the dosage and the indications and the adverse effects.
Drugs designed to create addiction
Envision a plane manufacture designing a plane that when used properly kills. The very design destroys the people who it is meant to transport. This comment seems so absurd but that is what is happening each and every day in the United States. Drug companies are producing daily opioid narcotic prescription pills by the ton and are consumed by addicted patients. Patients whose original indication for the prescription is long gone. For those who find that prescription pills or pharmacy bills are too expensive, they are turning to heroin as a quicker and cheaper alternative. The end result is the same, opioid overdose deaths each day kills a plane load of young people and nobody hears about it.