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Never allow your doctor to tell you that addictive drugs are okay.  They are NOT okay. They will cause other disorders and diseases as they kill you slowly. These include: opioids, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, hypnotics, stimulants, and antipsychotics. There is no reason on earth to be given these unless you have to be in the safety of a psychiatric institution. Right now, here in the US, one person is dying from an accidental opioid overdose every 12.5 minutes.  I don’t want you to be part of that statistic.

New Jersey lawsuit accuses Big Pharma of “nothing short of EVIL”

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A new lawsuit that accuses a pharmaceutical company of conduct that is “nothing short of evil” echoes the sentiment of many people who have suffered or lost loved ones due to the unsavory practices of Big Pharma.

Big Pharma’s list of wrongdoings is rather lengthy, but the offense that is at the heart of the lawsuit in question filed by New Jersey officials is its deceptive marketing practices and fraudulent payouts.

Last week, New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino filed the lawsuit against drug maker Insys Therapeutics of Arizona. Insys is the producer of the controversial fentanyl medication known as Subsys, a powerful synthetic opioid painkiller. The suit accuses Insys of flagrant legal violations in its aggressive push to get New Jersey doctors to prescribe it in higher doses for conditions that it has not been approved to treat.

According to Porrino, Insys defrauded insurance firms by giving doctors who overprescribed Subsys payouts in various forms, including as fees for fake speaking events. In addition, the lawsuit pins the death of a 32-year-old New Jersey woman on the company; she overdosed on Subsys that she had been prescribed for fibromyalgia.

Porrino didn’t mince words when describing Insys’s conduct in a statement. He said: “The conduct alleged in our lawsuit is nothing short of evil. We contend that the company used every trick in the book, including sham speaking and consulting fees and other illegal kickbacks, in a callous campaign to boost profits from the sale of its marquee drug Subsys.”

It’s nice to see someone in such a powerful position calling them out on their horrific practices. Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, has long been trying to spread the word about the pharmaceutical industry’s criminal racket, summing up their modus operandi nicely when he writes:

“To defend Big Pharma today is to defend a cabal of criminal corporations that have proven they will do anything — absolutely anything — to keep their profits rolling in. It makes no difference who they have to bribe, what studies they have to falsify, or who has to be threatened into silence. They will stop at nothing to expand their profit base, even if it means harming (or killing) countless innocents.”

He also made Americans who are drugged out on opioids and other medications the topic of a recent studio news video after a disturbing study in the Annals of Internal Medicine revealed that 38 percent of Americans were prescribed these dangerous medications in 2015.

Insys, who has not commented on the New Jersey lawsuit, is also facing litigation in several other states, including allegations that six of its former managers and executives bribed doctors to prescribe Subsys. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey recently reached a settlement with Insys, who did not admit to wrongdoing but paid out $500,000. The medication made up 98 percent of the firm’s net revenue in 2012.

Big Pharma a big driver of the opioid epidemic

Their behavior is particularly concerning as the nation struggles with an opioid epidemic that is seeing record-setting drug deaths. In fact, drug overdoses have now become the top cause of accidental death for people in the U.S. under the age of 50. According to estimates from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 71,600 people are expected to die from drugs this year, which would make it the second consecutive year in which drug deaths surpass the American casualties of the Vietnam War.

The number of people who have died from fentanyl overdoses doubled in just one year, according to the FDA and the CDC, making it clear that those who push these drugs on the masses need to be held accountable for their actions. It’s unconscionable that pharmaceutical companies and even doctors would try so hard to get people to take dangerous drugs they don’t need all in the name of profit, and we can only hope that the New Jersey Attorney General’s lawsuit against Insys and others like it will be successful.

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WHY ISN’T THERE A BAN ON BIG PHARMA, WHEN OPIOIDS ARE KILLING SIGNIFICANTLY FAR MORE PEOPLE THAN GUNS ARE????????

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Americans continue to mourn the dozens of people who were killed and hundreds wounded by a crazed lunatic in Las Vegas on Sunday, and as is usually the case when guns are involved in a mass murder incident, the usual suspects are once more calling for gun bans.

“Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity,” said U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. “Last night’s massacre may go down as the deadliest in our nation’s history, but already this year there have been more mass shootings than days in the year.”

“This must stop,” he continued. “It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”

Of course, to Democrats, the only ‘appropriate’ “public policy response” is to ban something — unwanted speech, guns, Trump supporters, and now, most likely, country music festivals in Vegas.

But isn’t it curious that in the face of a real epidemic that has killed more people than guns ever could — the opioid epidemic — none of these would-be authoritarians are calling for any bans on Big Pharma. (Related: Democrats waste NO time politicizing Las Vegas shooting in quest to ban ALL guns.)

As reported by Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger:

According to federal statistics, opioid prescription drugs killed 33,091 Americans in 2015 alone. Estimates put those numbers above 36,000 deaths for 2017.

The death toll at the Las Vegas Mandalay massacre was 59 (so far). Though a horrifying tragedy, opioid drugs alone are killing 560 times more people each year than died in the Vegas tragedy.

This means that opioid drugs alone are causing the near-equivalent of two Las Vegas massacres PER DAY in terms of the number killed.

That’s obscene. It’s criminal. But there are currently no calls at all to ban this highly dangerous, highly lethal class of drugs. Could it be because Big Pharma is such a big contributor to political campaigns?

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks industry donations to political parties and candidates, Big Pharma contributed nearly $60 million in 2016 alone. In the 2014 election cycle, the figure was nearly $30 million, and in 2012 — a presidential year — donations were nearly $50 million. So in just three election cycles, Big Pharma contributed somewhere in the neighborhood of $140 million to political action committees, individual politicians and other political organizations. It’s no wonder everyone on Capitol Hill is going soft on opioids.

In recent days, as reported by The National Sentinel, the Trump administration made some progress in curbing over-prescribing of opioids, which has been a major contributor to the epidemic. A presidential panel, the Commission on Combatting Drug Addition and Opioid Crisis headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, detailed new partnerships with researchers across academia, government, prescribers and patients to curb by half the amount of time needed to make available prescriptions that are not addictive.

“Over-prescribing can lead to excess pills falling into the wrong hands,” said PhRMA CEO Stephen J. Ubl. He added, “given the scope of this crisis, we believe it’s the right thing to do,” adding that it is “candidly an unprecedented step for the industry.”

His company will begin backing limits on opioid supplies to seven days rather than the traditional 30-day prescription cycle. And while that’s a good first step, it certainly isn’t a ban.

And no politician is calling for one, either, despite a mounting death toll that is so large it is overwhelming local medical examiners.

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Opioids Killing Far More People Than Breast Cancer

Opioid Drug Overdose Deaths Now Higher Than Breast Cancer In The U.S.A

A recent disturbing report by the NCHS (National Center for Health Statistics) a division of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) revealed that 63,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2016 in the U.S.A. That’s 3 times higher than what it was in 2009.

Out of those 63,000 deaths 42,249 were attributed to opioid drug overdose. To get some idea on the gravity of the situation, in 2016 that made the 42,249 opioid drug overdose deaths over a 1,000 more than the number of American women who died of breast cancer.

The highly addictive, potentially fatal opioid painkiller drug family includes, for example, the illicit drugs fentanyl, tramadol and heroin; also the legally prescribed medicines hydrocodone and oxycodone. NCHS spokesman Robert Anderson said in so many words that the fatality rates for the opioid epidemic are still rising as indicated by recent provisional data. They have for exceeded the total number of deaths from the Vietnam War.

As the rate continues to skyrocket, excluding methadone, synthetic opioid fatal overdoses have risen dramatically, averaging out at an increase of 88% for each yearfrom 2013 to 2017. Fatal overdoses through prescription opioid painkillers increased by 13% for each year between the years 1999 – 2009. However, the rate has slowed down over recent years to an annual increase of 3%. Deaths through heroin overdose continue to rise by an average of 19% for every year since 2014.

Drug overdose has in fact become the leading cause of death for under 50-year-olds. Opioids, particularly synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and tramadol are the deadliest drivers of fatal overdose in this age group.

Trump and government criticism

Following President Trump’s public health emergency declaration on the opioid crisis in October 2017, a committee was then set up to deal with the drug addiction problem: The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction committee issued its last report containing 50 recommendations.

While the report offers a number of positive steps such as recommending an education programme on drug addiction, more professional healthcare for addicts, electronic coordination of health records and increased law courts… Trump and his government’s actions following the committee’s recommendations on dealing with the addiction epidemic have been met with much disappointment and criticism.

A number of public health professionals criticized Trump and the commission over the absence of funds. One of the commission’s members, one-time Rep. Patrick Kennedy, made the remark that “It means nothing if it has no funding to push it forward. You can’t just have a speech like the President gave.”

Then the government has no answer to the rising number of Americans not having medical insurance, which is predicted to rise to 13 million by 2027 against the backdrop of increasing premiums for those who are insured. Nearly a third of American addicts will not even consider seeking profession help because they don’t have insurance.

Big Pharma and Big Government – the deadliest drug pushers of them all

Sure, more could be done to end the rising opioid drug overdose deaths. But the numbers will persist as long as the root cause of the problem is not dealt with, which is the fact that Big Pharma is in collusion with Big Government.

A number of documented case scenarios have served as testimony to the collusion, exposing Big Pharma’s drug pushing criminal activities. The case scenarios have recurring patterns, which basically go like this:

Big Pharma warehouses turn a blind eye to supplying obviously suspiciously high numbers of opioid painkiller drugs to corner-shop pharmacies (or physicians). The pharmacies supply these drugs to drug dealer rings. The black market drugs are then sold to consumers leading to much misery, suffering and death in their communities through an addiction epidemic.

The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) having covertly watched over the activity for some time then steps in and busts the operation. However, the Big Pharma supplier gets off with only a relatively small fine. Distribution rights are not permanently revoked, nor are there criminal charges. Without revocation or deterrent Big Pharma carry’s on with their egregious acts, raking in mega-profits on supplying opioid painkiller drug sales which makes huge revenues for Big Government. How can any government claim that they really care about your health when this is allowed to happen?

A classic example of the above scenario is in the recent case of Perdue Pharmaceuticals, a division of the Sackler group. The City of Everett in Washington is suing Purdue Pharmaceuticals for supplying their opioid drug OxyContin to pharmacies and doctors while turning a blind eye to obviously suspicious circumstances. This led to black market sales causing much misery, suffering and death in the city because of the addiction. -Yet another case where Big Pharma obviously cares more about its profit margin than people.

Purdue tried to crush the City of Everett’s lawsuit. However, the chief judge for Washington’s Western District has ruled in favor of Everett and the lawsuit could well go ahead. If it does go ahead, will the result turn out to be the like the other similar case lawsuits where the result will be no hefty fine, no criminal charges for Purdue?

Purdue Pharmaceuticals – Promoting deadly opioid drugs as “safe”

Purdue knew about OxyContin and its supply connection to the criminal pill mills, but their execs did nothing about it. Previously, Purdue had been fined and their execs were criminally charged for making false, misleading claims about OxyContin: Underplaying its dangerous, highly addictive nature, Purdue had marketed and promoted OxyContin as safe, claiming the drug had certain efficacies which had never existed.  In effect, Purdue had started a prescription drug opioid epidemic. For more on this go, here.

Natural non-drug alternatives

There are a range of cheap, natural non-toxic, non-addictive, very effective pain relief alternatives. Some have potent anti-inflammatory properties such as turmeric.Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. Then there’s bromelain obtained from a pineapple core. Alternatively, grated ginger mixed in with pineapple or veggie juice or just hot water works well. Black current, borage and evening primrose oils have been effective in alleviating arthritic pain.

When all options have been exhausted most doctors pay little attention to diet. For pain prevention and pain relief a plant-based alkaline diet, plenty of vitamin D and good quality fats are recommended at all times.

Massage, chiropractic and acupuncture treatments are also very good at pain relief.

Suppression of alternative pain relievers

Kratom (kratom tree leafs) is an excellent natural alternative pain reliever. Because of its increasing popularity, it is perceived by Big Pharma as a competitor threat to their opioid pain relief market. That’s why the FDA has been involved in going after kratom suppliers using false unsubstantiated claims.

Medical marijuana is effective in dealing with opioid withdrawal and pain relief: Medical marijuana is another substance authority has fought against, basically for the same reasons as kratom.

In all cases consult a health professional for advice on treatment.

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Doctor charged in deaths of 5 patients from opioid overdoses

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania doctor who prescribed nearly 3 million doses of opioids during a recent 19-month period has been charged with causing the overdose deaths of five people, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Harrisburg said Dr. Raymond Kraynak, 60, of Mount Carmel, was indicted on five counts of drug delivery resulting in death, 12 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and two counts of using his doctor’s offices as “drug-involved premises.”

Prosecutors said a state monitoring program identified Kraynak as having issued the most opioid prescriptions of any physician in Pennsylvania over the 19 months that ended in July.

Authorities did not disclose the names of the five patients but said they died between 2013 and 2015.

A federal public defender who represents Kraynak said he hopes to be released on bail so he can help his patients obtain treatment.

“At this point, we haven’t received any discovery, so I really don’t know exactly what’s going on here,” said the defense lawyer, Tom Thornton. “Our greatest concern is for Dr. Kraynak’s patients who still need treatment, they need care.”

The U.S. attorney’s office said Kraynak prescribed about 2.8 million dosage units of opioids to about 2,800 patients over the 19-month period. They accused him of issuing prescriptions without conducting proper medical exams, verifying his patients’ medical problems or assessing their risk of drug abuse.
“There’s a human cost to this and there are people out there who have been prescribed hundreds and hundreds of pills over time,” said U.S. Attorney Dave Freed at a news conference to announce the charges.

Freed said he was disheartened by the allegations, given the national opioid addiction crisis. He called the volume of pills Kraynak is alleged to have prescribed “staggering.”

“Nobody can deny that the crisis is in the public domain, and physicians certainly know that,” Freed said.

The five charges of causing the patients’ deaths each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years, if Kraynak is convicted. Thornton said those charges are most often filed in the cases of accused heroin dealers.

Federal prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of Kraynak’s medical offices in Mount Carmel and Shamokin.

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Are You an Addict? Signs of a Prescription Drug Addiction

You just may not know you’re addicted when your drug dealer is your doctor.

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When you’re sick or have suffered from a serious injury, the first few days after a visit to the doctor you rely heavily on the prescribed drug to ease the pain and get you through the day. However, you may reach a point where you feel compelled to continue taking the prescription long after you need it. If you think you or a loved one might have a problem with prescription drugs, there are some red flags you should watch out for.

The Cheat Sheet spoke with some of the country’s top addiction experts to learn more about prescription drug abuse.

There is sudden behavior change

One of the first signs of a prescription drug addiction is an abrupt change in behavior. If you suspect the abuse of prescription medication, take note of unusual behavior you hadn’t observed before.

Psychologist Matthew Polacheck, director of outpatient services at the Betty Ford Center in West Los Angeles, said behavioral changes may also be accompanied by cognitive and physical changes. “The first thing we look for is a change in behavior of any kind. [Someone] who never naps comes home and goes to sleep. [Someone] who is passive suddenly becomes more euphoric. More specific behavior includes nodding off, drowsiness, slurred speech, confused thinking, and pupils can also be constricted.”

The drug becomes part of a daily routine

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If you or someone you know can’t seem to go a day without a prescription drug that was meant for short-term use, this is another red flag. Over time, short-term medication should be slowly tapered down until there is no longer a need for it.

Audrey Hope, an addictions specialist at Seasons in Malibu World Class Addiction Treatment, said if there is difficulty in stopping a drug, this should be a cause for concern. “The main sign that you are a prescription drug addict is that you use the drugs every day. You can’t function without them. You rely on them. You need them. You lie to yourself that it is for the ‘pain’ and because ‘the doctor prescribed it.’ You say it is OK to use them,” said Hope.

More of the drug is used than prescribed

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Another sign of trouble is using too much of the prescription and running out of the drug much earlier than expected considering the prescribed amount. Someone desperate for a refill may resort to manipulative behavior to obtain the drug, said Plattor. “Other signs of prescription addiction can include manipulative behaviors such as lying, stealing, using more of the drug than is prescribed, poor decision-making, ‘losing’ prescriptions often, and obtaining a number of prescriptions for the same drug(s) from more than one doctor,” Plattor said.

Misconceptions about prescription drug addiction

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There are many misunderstandings when it comes to an addiction to prescription drugs. Here are some of the most common ones.

Myth: Pain pills are the only addictive prescription drugs

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While pain medications are commonly abused, there are many others that can become addictive. “In addiction treatment, what we see most is opioid abuse. We also see abuse of ADHD medications, such as Adderall or Ritalin. Medications like benzodiazepines can also be substances of abuse. Drugs given for anxiety or depression, especially when given without concurrent psychotherapy, can lead to substance abuse problems,” said Dr. Constance Scharff, the research director of addiction treatment center Cliffside Malibu and author of Ending Addiction for Good.

Myth: I trust my doctor so I don’t need to ask questions

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Ask questions about your prescription, and don’t just blindly trust your doctor. It’s important to check with your doctor and make sure you understand side effects as well as how much medicine you should take and when to stop. You should also let your physician know if you’re having a hard time stopping your medicine.

Where to get help

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Opioid Crisis Spurs Change at Medical Schools

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Medical schools are responding to the nationwide opioid epidemic by changing the way they train future doctors.

Over the past 15 years, many U.S. medical schools have begun offering lessons, courses and clinical rotations in drug addiction treatment and pain management, experts say, and some schools have added these topics to their required curriculum.

Faculty at schools that require all students to learn about addiction and pain say their goal is to ensure that graduates understand the differences between situations where an opioid prescription is an appropriate treatment for a pain condition and when it isn’t the best option.

Recent medical school graduates who received this training say it has helped them make decisions about whether to prescribe an opioid drug.

“I felt more comfortable and confident in myself, knowing not only when to say no but also when to say yes,” says Dr. Kevin O’Day, a 2016 graduate from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine who is now an internal medicine resident at the university.

Regarding the lectures on addiction and pain he’s received as a student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, Nadir Bilici said via email, “It has been useful to understand the challenges that patients with drug addiction face beyond receiving clinical treatment; we have learned how various socio-politico-economic factors go into making and breaking communities of addiction.”

Experts say that it’s important for aspiring doctors to learn how to avoid either overprescribing or underprescribing opioid medications, since this comes up in most areas of medicine, including surgery and primary care.

“Nobody wants the patient to suffer because their pain was undermanaged,” says Dr. Karen Sibert, an anesthesiologist and associate clinical professor with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California—Los Angeles.

Sibert says most medical schools have bolstered the amount of training they provide on opioid alternatives, including intravenous versions of non-narcotic pain medicines and medical procedures that numb portions of the body where pain is present.

 Experts say it’s critical for all aspiring doctors to learn how to safely manage the pain of patients who suffer from either chronic or acute pain. They say it’s also important for future physicians to understand that people with chronic pain often visit doctors without any obvious symptoms besides a declaration that they feel pain.

“They don’t look sick like someone with acute pain,” says Dr. Daniel Alford, professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. “When you have acute pain, your heart rate goes up, your blood pressure goes up, you look terrible, but with chronic pain, you can look like anyone else but you have this terrible chronic pain.”

Because there are not visible signs of chronic pain, Alford says, doctors are often skeptical of whether patients who claim to feel chronic pain are feeling pain at all.

Learning how to interview and counsel patients who express pain is a key skill to learn during medical school, experts say, and this can be cultivated through clinical simulations. Some of these simulations show students how to reject a request for an opioid prescription from someone who is misusing the drug.

 One key sign that a medical school provides solid training in pain and addiction medicine, according to experts, is if it offers the opportunity to listen to panels of patients who have suffered from either a pain condition or drug addiction. Another positive sign is if the school offers field trips to addiction treatment centers or addiction self-help group meetings, or if it has pain management specialists on its faculty.
Because of the prevalence of opioid misuse, experts emphasize that medical students need to learn how to recognize when a patient suffers from an opioid addiction, suppress opioid withdrawal symptoms and treat an opioid overdose. They say it’s not important whether a school’s lessons about pain and addiction medicine are taught in stand-alone courses as long as these topics are taught.

“I don’t really think you can look for a specific course,” says Dr. Melissa Fischer, associate dean for undergraduate medical education at the University of Massachusetts. “Just because somebody has a pain management course doesn’t mean they’re doing something better or differently than somebody that doesn’t have a course with that name.”

However, Fischer says it’s important to attend a medical school that addresses opioid addiction somewhere in its curriculum, because this kind of common addiction is a quickly progressing and frequently fatal.

“One of the issues with opioid misuse as a chronic disease is that most chronic diseases kill people slowly and silently, but opioid use disorder does not,” she says. “It kills people quickly and when they’re young.”

Dr. Mishka Terplan, associate director of addiction medicine and professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, says the opioid crisis has led to vital reforms at medical schools. “The future of medicine is going to look very different in very good ways as a consequence of the tragedy that we’re living through,” he says.

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