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.