Times of great upheaval and times that bring great suffering to many, worry to others and with those upheavals comes a silent suffering. The silent suffering that during the sell of campaign season is held up as a wrong that will be righted and any and all opportunities for a candidate to show they truly care, they claim to feel both sympathy to the victim and anger and rage at the reason.
No more is this evident in the opioid epidemic in the US and indeed around other developed nations. The scratch of a syringe and the warm feeling of heroin coursing through veins that were never in danger of being near that most feared addiction and one that has been used as a political football with plenty of pain and suffering to manipulate for a political message.
As you know the scourge of Opioid Addiction and the fact that this is happening in the white population is a concern to those who cannot have white kids dying with a heroin needle in their arm. Of course those in control could draw upon their experience from dealing with the drug epidemic within poorer minority areas.......but then they would have to simply ignore the problem as they have done with minorities and the most impoverished.
But this is a different type of epidemic.......
Firstly, it is completely avoidable and this epidemic is not an epidemic but a side effect of the side effects of powerful painkillers. The most dangerous of gateway drugs is painkiller that doctors will readily prescribe knowing full well that giving out painkillers for a broken leg to a teenager is dangling that teen over a needle. Some doctors in the US seem to be not only the drug dealers as they push new product on broken people they do so knowing that the patient is joining in a game of 'Russian Roulette'......no guns, just pills.
Here's a statistic that should scare the hell out of anyone and everyone that 75% of heroin addiction in the US is connected to prescription painkillers, although you won't hear that in the war drugs or the most benign painkiller of them all in the form of Marijuana and the other benefits from Hemp.....although tell that to Jeff Sessions.
What you won't hear from Sessions or any other political head on this...........Is where the real blame is. It is with both Republicans and Democrats who feed off of donations from Pharma who themselves are in bed with the Health Insurance companies who as you know are all the rage right now in the US as Trump's healthcare plan is in the process of being rammed through the Senate by a man with features similar to a tortoise.
Now one of those departments who will suffer as a result of the Republican budget cuts will be the CDC, the same CDC who may have to treat a pandemic, or a chemical or biological attack or managing outbreaks of whatever and the same CDC who deal with the Opioids currently wrecking millions of families. The CDC itself addressed the culture of doctors being opioid street dealers requesting them to maybe lay off writing prescriptions for Oxycontin and those other deadly drugs.
What was overlooked during the election of 2016 amongst the strong rhetoric regarding Opioid abuse was the law passed by both houses and signed by President Obama. The law known as the '21st Century Cures Act' secured bipartisan support and more importantly billions were secured for treatment and addiction services within all the states.
However, nothing happens in a bipartisan way entirely and of course those who are responsible for this epidemic were themselves were able to negotiate certain regulations in regards to cheaper drugs.....albeit without the time needed to measure those pesky things like side effects such as......well addiction.
Use of OxyContin and other opioids grew to crisis levels. As federal and state governments cracked down on doctors who dispensed pills and prescriptions indiscriminately, users turned to heroin instead: Four out of five new heroin users started out by abusing prescription painkillers. The results have devastated and overwhelmed first responders and an ill-equipped and ideologically hidebound treatment system. From 2010 to 2012, heroin overdose rates doubled in 28 states, according to a 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. In 2014, more than 28,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses, an all-time high, according to the agency. There’s no reason to think the death rate has slowed since then.
Congress, however, has finally done something. On Nov. 30, the House approved the 21st Century Cures Act by an overwhelming 392-26 vote. This Wednesday, with a 94-5 vote, the Senate did the same, sending the bill to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature. The bill commits billions of dollars to medical research while sending $1 billion to states to help combat heroin and painkiller addiction and assist with recovery.
But there’s a complication: Instead of cracking down on the pharmaceutical companies that fueled the boom in opioid abuse, lawmakers rewarded the industry. No health care-related bill of this size could move through Congress without the support of Big Pharma. The authors of the 21st Century Cures Act earned the industry’s support by including regulatory rollbacks that drugmakers have long sought and creating cheaper and quicker paths for drug approval by reducing safeguards. It’s as if the fire department had to pay off the arsonist to get permission to put out a fire.
You see what they did there?
Like most drug dealers they made themselves indispensable and made sure that they would get something from their murderous bottom line.
Then of course you must look at the person running the US now.....the man who talked about this wave of avoidable addiction and death and the need to call the true dealers out on their wanton murder of thousands, 30,000 addiction deaths a year with four fifths of those deaths connected to prescription pills?
Funny how you never really see the faces of those lost to the clutches of Pharma....
Here they are....
Here are some more........
Sometimes the victims are those around the addicted adult.
One pill, one painkiller, one deadly mistake.....
Londyn Raine Robinson Sack
Funny how some can claim they want to do so much to bring an end to the suffering of all dealing with these insidious poisons sold as relief........Not so funny when the addiction centres close and the treatments all of a sudden disappear and all those who bought the rhetoric now have to find that cheaper alternative to the expensive pills the doctor said would make them feel better.......that little bag of heroin.
Trump lied to those facing up to addiction. His healthcare plan proves it.