“As Opioid Deaths Reach Record High, Drug Industry Resists Efforts to Rein in Prescriptions”

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“In 2014, the number of people who died from drug overdoses in the United States reached 47,055 — an all-time high, according to a disturbing report published Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” but “the effort to get physicians to curb their prescribing of these drugs may be faltering amid stiff resistance from drugmakers, industry-funded groups and, now, even other public health officials.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. More of the same old “prevention and treatment” rhetoric. Nothing about this article is new except the numbers and none of this will change until action replaces research and faux concern. Dependency/addiction in a symptom/coping mechanism for problems that aren’t being addressed in family, politics society and economics.

  2. I will say the way opioids have been prescribed by physicians since 2000 is appalling. Doctors are giving them out as a first line pain killer for mild pain, like a “bad fix” on a broken bone, in part because doctors – or insurance companies – don’t want scripts written for physical therapy, due to such non-pharmacutical costs.

    The doctors are not telling patients the opioids are opioids, and the pharmacutical industry has given the opioids names other than opium – all while patients are defrauded into believing doctors are trustworthy since they took the Hippocratic Oath to first and foremost, do no harm.

    It’s no wonder there are so many opium addicts, many are likely opium addicts who didn’t even initially know they were given an addictive opioid. Truly, this is fraud, deception, and intentional harm of humanity by both the pharmacutical industry and the mainstream medical community.

    And these “professionals” had 47,055, likely unrepentant dealths, due to their own sins, misinformation, or ignorance, as of 2014. Strikes me we have an enormously unethical, unrepentant murderer problem in the US today, and it exists within today’s mainstream medical community. And, of course, those on this website know this is only the tip of the iceberg.