1. The last sentence of this article reads as follows: “In the end, looking for someone to blame for the epidemic might be less useful than figuring out how to stop it.”

    The reality is that these types of crimes by Big Pharma and certain medical leaders WILL NOT STOP, unless and until, some of these CEOs are actually convicted and put in jail. Right now they are simply fined millions of dollars, which they can write off as a marketing expense.


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    • This article and this response is why the actions taken as the opioid problem kicked in of taking pain medications was stupid! Of all places where I read articles on psychiatry and or the opioid issue, I thought this one would be where environmental context was thought of! During the time the opioid issue was climbing exponentially and Fentanyl and heroin were getting across the border damn near like candy and overdose deaths were attributed to “opiaites” not specific types. They take pain medications away and pulled border control agents back from the southern border. Without the fact of this context, your pissing on our backs and telling us it is raining!

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    • What opioid hysteria leaves out: most overdoses involve a mix of drugs https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2016/jun/08/opioid-epidemic-drug-mix-overdose-death

      Your link is full of BS. The very first line says we had 33,000 opiate overdose deaths. This is not true.

      The evidence shows that over 90% of so-called opioid overdose deaths are the result of polydrug poisoning. It is relatively difficult to overdose on painkillers alone, although it can be done if you are determined enough. However, mixing them with another drug such as alcohol or benzodiazepines is often deadly.

      Fake news media always leaves that part out. If John Belushi overdosed today they likely would likely leave out the drug mixing part.

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