Of all the threats that our nation faces in today’s society, none is singularly more damaging than the double-whammy of opioids and the Big Pharmaceutical industry.
Opioids, powerful pain killers such as Vicodin or Oxycontin, have long been the drug of choice for doctors to prescribe to patients suffering from high levels of discomfort. Broken bones, post-surgical recovery, and chronic aches and pains are just a few of the common conditions for which a doctor will simply give you these powerful narcotics, which are closer to heroin than ibuprofen in chemical makeup.
Certainly, these drugs will help alleviate pain, but they do so in a way that creates undeniable levels of addiction in patients. Furthermore, the cost of procuring these drugs on the street is incredibly taxing on those who are now addicted thanks to their previous medical conditions. One cheap alternative is heroin itself, seeing as both drugs are derived from the same parts of the poppy plant are literally just processed opium.
Doctors will continue to prescribe these dangerous drugs, however, as the pharmaceutical industry is taking the American addiction to opioids straight to the bank, and incentivizing doctors to push forward with this ultimately unethical practice.
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Now, the rise of fentanyl, (an opioid stronger than heroin itself), has many concerned for the future of American addiction. This new version of the old scourge is so incredibly powerful that a recent seizure of an illegal stash of fentanyl in New Jersey contained enough of the drug to kill the entire population of the state PLUS the entire population of New York City.
That amount would fit in your luggage.
“Two men have been sentenced to prison for possessing nearly 100 pounds of the drug fentanyl — enough to kill the entire population of New Jersey and New York City, officials said.
“Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, and a dose as small as a quarter of a milligram can be fatal.New Jersey authorities said that the 45 kilos of fentanyl, seized in June 2017, contained more than 18 million lethal doses. It was the largest seizure ever in the state.“‘The 100 pounds of fentanyl trafficked into our state by these drug dealers could have generated enough lethal doses to kill the entire populations of New Jersey and New York City combined,’ New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement.“‘Because dealers use this super-potent opioid to boost heroin and create counterfeit oxy pills, drug users are left to play a deadly game of Russian roulette each time they give way to their addiction.'”