Goldilocks. Little Red Riding Hood. A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. The Tortoise and the Hare. Hopefully, we were all fortunate enough at some point to listen thru such childhood hearings and tales of the like. The moral of the story often hidden within really glues itself to the fabric of our adult lives and so on as our timeline continues to develop. Some stories there is a protagonist and antagonist layout. Others may just have a beginning, middle, and end that leave the listener with a set of values and lessons (depending on whose telling the alleged fable).
That being said, what kind of story does the opioid addiction crisis in America fit into? With the pharmaceutical companies being the villain and the citizenry of the United States being the hero, I don’t know if this story will wind up with that “happily ever after” we chase for like in Disney and Pixar movies we treasure so dearly. Undoubtedly there is an opiate fueled plague sweeping across the nation and solely taking the lives of thousands prematurely. The War on Drugs and the War on Terrorism almost seem interchangeable when we really sit back to look at it.
Pills, Kills, and Thrills
The opioid addiction crisis right now is contending with the black plague from hundreds of years ago. They might as well be from the same cause since both have to do with pests and disease. The only difference between them is the type of rat at stake. The bubonic plague rats carried disease while the chemical condoning one’s carry the poison that awakens a disease- all the while feeding on the bread and tears of the innocent.
There has been a steady incline in opiate induced deaths and overdoses across the nation over the last decade. Pill mills and dirty doctors all over have been shut down in correspondence to the rising surge in addiction related fatalities. As the death toll rises, families and friends of addicts all over sit in awe as we all think the same thing: when is this opioid addiction crisis going to end?
At the rate our country is going, addicts and alcoholics don’t even have the time to access and accept their disease before the Russian roulette dose of opiates makes its way to the chamber. Pure madness. There have been way too many problems accumulating and not enough solution being offered.
Getting Bad Enough Yet?
Apparently, it takes the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to step in and take the reins of the affairs at hand. Over the last year, the DEA has requested a 25% decrease in pill production and the FDA has had to have surveillance for any and all suspicious pharmaceutical requests coming in- and that has barely made a dent. Even with the Drug Enforcement Agency stepping in, it’s still not enough to defeat the monster in this story. 2017 has started off as an ugly year for the opioid addiction crisis and all persons involved. What can we do to prevent such opiate induced bullying?
Well finally after enough overdose headlines somebody did stand up to Big Pharma- a few different states for that matter. Finally, people are beginning to wake up and see that the ones pushing all the drugs on the streets aren’t always on the corner like the movies portray. Many states are investigating opioid manufacturers and the quantities and ease that they distribute their “helpful” medications.
The list of states goes on with Texas, Rhode Island, Kansas, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Vermont, Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Iowa, Delaware, Colorado, New York, Tennessee, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and California all waking up to the mass hypnosis and genocide going on right under our noses. The state of Ohio has even filed a lawsuit against some of the major pharmaceutical companies such as:
- Purdue Pharma
- Endo Health Solutions
- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and subsidiary Cephalon
- Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals
These are the main pill producing companies that are leaving their nasty mark on the nation with false promises of help/hope. The Ohio state attorney General Mike DeWine has put it, these 5 companies in particular “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had far-reaching financial, social, and deadly consequences in the State of Ohio.” That’s only one state but I can assure you that the rest aren’t far behind.
Taking Care of Business
Sen. Claire McCaskill, the top ranking Democrat mentioned beforehand, wrote to drug makers and distributors Mallinckrodt PLC, Endo International PLC, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Allergan PLC, McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen Corp. and Cardinal Health Inc about the opioid addiction crisis and the pharmaceuticals being pumped out of the industry.
In his letter, he addressed the ongoing epidemic and the new demands for evidence of the prevention of opioids winding up onto the black markets and streets ready for the chemically dependent person to abuse. “We’ve seen numerous reports that potentially hundreds of millions of opioid pills wound up on the black market, fueling a nationwide epidemic,” Sen. McCaskill mentioned in his statement. “We need a better understanding of how committed these companies are to preventing this type of drug diversion or whether they are turning a blind eye.” Words spoken by a gentleman who it seems truly see’s what’s going on behind enemy lines. The reality of it is, if he didn’t say it, somebody else needed to. The opioid addiction crisis is spreading like wild fire and it’s time for the United States to see through the manipulative pharmaceutical charm.
Tired of Being a Pharmaceutical Slave?
Addiction is not a choice but a disease that ravages lives. The pharmaceutical companies mentioned shouldn’t be able to push medications in your face with such ease, but they’re getting away with it. Stay informed and know when it’s your time to speak up. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need a drug and alcohol treatment facility, please call1-866-663-3030 or visit www.pasadenarecoverycenter.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.