Big Pharma’s Opioid Obsession Could Become State of Emergency

For decades, the big pharmaceutical industry has been creating and maintaining a captive audience via the widespread use of addictive opioid painkillers.

These highly dangerous drugs have been part of modern medicine for ages, from the use of tinctures such as laudanum during the days of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, all the way to today’s latest OxyContin and Fentanyl scares.  While the drugs remain inherently dangerous, the wealth of the Big Pharmaceutical lobby is being exploited to maintain this stranglehold on the American people.

Just last year, opioids were approved for prescription to children as young as eleven years old, solidifying the goal of these enormous corporations to maintain a highly addicted user base for decades to come.

Terrifying new links to hard drug abuse are coming to light as well, linked directly to precious legal use of such painkillers.  Prescription opioids have become a bit harder to come by in recent years, thanks to advocate groups working to educate the American public, but there is a downside to this trend:  Heroin use.

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Heroin is often cheaper and easier to procure than the tightly monitored opioid painkillers that require both a doctor and a pharmacist to corroborate a prescription’s authenticity.  In the case of illegal heroin, which is flooding over our border with Mexico, it is merely a matter of finding someone in the know.  Given that heroin is created using the same chemical compounds, (and a whole lot of other, dirty fillers), Americans are finding a similar high for cheaper, and without all the hassle.

Now, as all of these unfortunate connections are being made, President Trump’s opioid commission, tasked with finding a solution to this mess, has a dire prognosis:  Our nation’s opioid addiction problem warrants a declared state of emergency.

“‘Our citizens are dying. We must act boldly to stop it,’ the commission, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said in an interim report Monday. ‘The first and most urgent recommendation of this Commission is direct and completely within your control. Declare a national emergency.’

 “In pushing for the emergency declaration, the commission said that Trump is the ‘only person who can bring this type of intensity to the emergency and we believe you have the will to do so and to do so immediately.’

“It is not often that a public health emergency is declared for something other than a natural disaster. The US Department of Health and Human Services declared one in Puerto Rico last year after more than 10,000 Zika cases were reported there. Before that, the last emergency declaration, unrelated to a natural disaster, was during the 2009-10 flu season, when there was widespread concern over a potential pandemic.

 “Citing the fact that 142 Americans die from drug overdoses every day, the commission said, ‘America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.'”
 The commission’s hope is that a state of emergency will allow the President and others to take bold action to curb the overuse and abuse of these dangerous compounds.
Furthermore, the turnover rate from prescription opioids to heroin has bolstered the suddenly desperate Mexican drug cartels.  Where these sophisticated gangs were once raking in the cash by selling Americans literal tons of marijuana, widespread decriminalization in the United States has led to a decrease in profits for the groups.  Seeing an opportunity now with Americans increasingly addicted to opioids, the cartels are shifting to heroin to offset their previous pot losses.

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