The State of the Opiate “Epidemic”
The State of the Opiate “Epidemic” by Rory, The Daily Coin
Prescription opiates are nothing more than state sanctioned heroin. All the derivatives available through legal means are highly addictive opium based drugs. What is heroin? A highly addictive opium based drug – the only difference is one generates taxes and the other generates narco-drug money for the CIA and MI6 and their black ops.
As we have reported, beginning in 2014, the current tsunami of heroin flooding our neighborhoods is brought to us by the CIA through the U.S. military. All one has to do is look to the UNODC report produced in 2014.
If this was not a business model that was making billions of dollars, USDollars, for the international banking cartel why would the following, highly detailed information not be used by INTERPOL, the CIA, Scotland Yard and every other police force on the planet to stop these operations? It is not profitable to stop the drug trade or the “drug war”.
From the UNODC World Drug Report 2014:
There is evidence that Afghan heroin is increasingly reaching new markets, such as Oceania and South-East Asia, that had been traditionally supplied from South-East Asia. The long-established Balkan route seems to remain a corridor for the transit of Afghan heroin to the lucrative markets in Western and Central Europe, but its importance has declined due to various factors such as more effective law enforcement and a shrinking market in Western and Central Europe, as seen by the decline in opiate use and seizures in the subregion and the reduced level of supply compared with the peak levels of 2007. Source
The United Nations produced a very detailed account of the poppy production in Afghanistan and the new routes the heroin would take once it was produced.
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Now we see communities filing lawsuits against some of the drug manufacturers producing opium based prescription drugs. It is not the free flowing street heroin, it is the opium based prescription drugs being pumped into the neighborhoods and into our children. My personal experience is thus: in April 2017 I went to a conventional doctor at a very respected orthopedic clinic in Nashville. I explained my back pain and the symptoms. I also explained that I was currently treating the pain with an herbal remedy, The Daily Cocktail. The pain I was experiencing was extreme – one of the worst pains I have ever had. The doctor’s response was to prescribe me an opium based pain killer. I told him I would not take it or any opium based drugs. Guess what happened next? He prescribed me a non-narcotic pain medicine that was more effective than the opium based drug. In my mind, this explains a lot of the problem. The medications are available for pain management, but they are all playing second fiddle to the highly addictive opiates that are prescribed like candy.
I was listening to the Jeff Sessions testimony when the local channel switched over from the testimony to the local news broadcast. The lead story was a community in Tennessee that is suing a drug manufacturer for misleading the community on the addictive properties of this highly addictive drug.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new lawsuit invokes the plight of a baby born dependent on opioid drugs, as three Tennessee prosecutors and the baby’s guardian accuse several drug manufacturers of unleashing an epidemic through deceptive marketing that downplayed the risks of addiction to painkillers.
“Baby Doe spent his first days in the neonatal intensive care unit writhing in agony as he went through detoxification,” according to the suit filed Tuesday in the Sullivan County Circuit Court in Kingsport, Tennessee. The infant boy, who is not identified, was born in March of 2015.
The baby survived after spending 14 days in a neonatal intensive care unit, often crying uncontrollably and was given morphine to wean him from his addiction, the suit says. The child, the documents say, continues to suffer from numerous health and learning disabilities.
The lawsuit was filed by three district attorneys who represent parts of the east Tennessee mountains in Appalachia, which has been the epicenter of the prescription drug epidemic that has ravaged the country. It’s among a growing number of lawsuits filed recently around the country against opioid drugmakers.
The lawsuit was announced at Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnston City, Tennessee, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of the Virginia state line. The hospital recently added a new neonatal intensive care unit to treat babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, because it has been inundated with infants born dependent on opioids.
Standard treatment for babies born dependent on opioids is giving them small doses of morphine or methadone to help them cope with their withdrawal symptoms before weaning them from the drug.
Tennessee has the second highest statewide opioid prescription rate in the country outside West Virginia, said Barry Staubus, a district attorney who represents Sullivan County. Tony Clark and Dan Armstrong are the other prosecutors who joined in the suit against three drug companies and their subsidiaries.
The lawsuit targets Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin; Mallinckrodt PLC, which manufactures and sells multiple painkillers; and Endo Health Solutions, which develops and sells several painkillers, including Opana. The federal Food and Drug Administration recently called for Endo Health Solutions to remove Opana from the market, saying the risks of abuse outweigh the painkiller’s benefits. The suit also names two convicted drug dealers and an alleged pill mill.
The lawsuit seeks to stop the flood of opioids in Tennessee and to recover an unspecified amount of money for the costs of combatting the epidemic, including medical expenses, drug treatment, and pain and suffering. The suit also seeks to invalidate a Tennessee law limiting the amount of punitive and non-economic damages that people can win in a lawsuit, saying the statute is unconstitutional.
A spokesman for Endo Health Solutions did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.
“We have broadly supported efforts to combat the opioid abuse health care crisis through a range of advocacy initiatives, direct lobbying campaigns, and charitable activities,” a statement from Mallinckrodt said. “We take our responsibility as an opioid manufacturer very seriously.”
“While we vigorously deny the allegations in the complaint, we share public officials’ concerns about the opioid crisis and we are committed to working collaboratively to find solutions,” a statement from Purdue Pharma said. “At Purdue, we have dedicated ourselves to working with policymakers, public health officials and law enforcement to address this public health crisis, which includes developing abuse-deterrent technology, advocating for the use of prescription drug monitoring programs and supporting access to Naloxone.
The suit is the opening salvo on the war on opioid addiction in Tennessee, said plaintiffs’ attorney Gerard Stranch, managing partner in the Nashville firm Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings.
“We expect this to be a long drawn out battle and we’re ready,” he said.
While Tennessee is one of the larger problems and seemingly part of the epicenter of prescription heroin, ZeroHedge reported earlier today the prescription heroin problem is not confined to Tennessee:
In this recent video by Stock Board Asset, we see a city ravaged by a brutal epidemic of opioid addiction, where the only businesses that seem to be thriving in the city are the opioid treatment centers. Gone are the local businesses, social clubs, parks, and church groups that were the hubs of urban social organization. Today, the long lines that form outside of these treatment centers have become the new social commons, as addicts loiter outside smoking, chatting, and nervously looking to get high.
The last 20 years have seen the opioid epidemic spread across the United States. In the late 1990s, the states with the highest rates of opiate overdose deaths were concentrated in the Southwest: New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arizona. Six years later, the epicenter had reached the South: Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Florida.
By 2014, the epidemic had spread to the Rust Belt states: Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. This crisis is very rapidly consuming the entirity of the United States, and is showing no signs of slowing down, with both urban and rural centers equally hard hit. Source
I will be contacting Tony Clark and Dan Armstrong to shed light on the real drug problem. While narcotic manufacturers play a role in this whole scheme, the real problem is much larger and until the real problem is addressed our nation, like China during the Opium Wars, will become a nation of drug addicts that are incapable of being productive citizens. If you don’t believe me just ask any official in China about the devastating effects their nation suffered through with remnants still visible today.