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#Drugoverdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the #UnitedStates last year, according to the government’s own account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016. The vast majority of those deaths are from #opioid-based substances such as #fentanyl, #heroin, and prescription opioids. Now, a natural plant that is helping people kick their addictions to these dangerous opioids — #kratom — is under attack by the #FDA as it is threatening #bigpharma’s grip on the pain and addiction market.

On Tuesday, Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the #FoodandDrugAdministration, issued a public health advisory on kratom, outlining concerns about its “deadly risks.” As HuffPo notes, Gottlieb’s statement outlined concerns about the herb’s potential for abuse and addiction. He claimed there was “clear data” on these harms, pointing to reports of 36 deaths associated with kratom-containing products and a tenfold increase in calls involving kratom to U.S. poison control centers from 2010 to 2015.

Although kratom users have touted the herb as a safe and effective treatment for conditions like chronic pain, anxiety and depression, as well as a replacement drug for opioid addiction, Gottlieb said there is “no reliable evidence to support” those applications, the HuffPo report continues. In particular, he called the use of kratom as an opioid substitute “extremely concerning” and suggested that it could actually “expand the #opioidepidemic.” However, the millions of people whose lives were saved by switching from opioids to Kratom beg to differ. Also, as you read below, it becomes entirely clear that Gottlieb’s assertion that there is “no reliable evidence to support” the beneficial effects of Kratom is a bold faced lie.

More importantly, these supposed “deaths” from Kratom are highly speculative as we’ve reported last year, the DEA attempted to claim that 15 deaths were attributed to Kratom. However, the American Kratom Association consumer group conducted an independent investigation and found that this was also #disinformation. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾#WarOnDrugs #DrugWar #WarOnConsciousness #WarOnYou #SocialEngineering

Empire of Pain

The Sackler family’s ruthless promotion of opioids generated billions of dollars—and millions of addicts.

The New Yorker
by Patrick Radden Keefe October 23, 2017 ....Allen Frances, the Duke psychiatrist, said of the Sacklers. “A truly philanthropic family, looking at the last twenty years, would say, ‘You know, there’s several million Americans who are addicted, directly or indirectly, because of us.’ Real philanthropy would be to contribute money to taking care of them. At this point, adding their name to a building—it rings hollow. It’s not philanthropy. It’s just a glorification of the Sackler family.” According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, more than two and a half million Americans have an opioid-use disorder. Frances continued, “If the Sacklers wanted to clear their name, they could take a very substantial fraction of that fortune and create a mechanism for providing free treatment for everyone who’s become addicted.” Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, created the Nobel Peace Prize.
#thenewyorker #oxycontin #sacklers #greed #philantrophy #opioid #opioidcrisis #opioidepidemic #nameandshame

A man buried himself alive in Tampa to help raise awareness for the opioid crisis in America. How'd he do it? Story is on my Facebook page, link in bio.

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The national #opioidepidemic is even larger drain on the US economy than previously believed, according to a new analysis from the #WhiteHouse Council of Economic Advisers. The cost of opioid-related deaths in 2015 was $504 billion, according to the CEA – a figure equivalent to 2.8% of that year’s gross domestic product.

CEA said the report, which was obtained by the Hill ahead of its release on Monday, was needed because “in assessing the benefits of fiscal and regulatory policies that limit #opioidabuse in the #UnitedStates, it is important to understand the costs associated with the epidemic that policies might mitigate.” In calculating the net cost, the CEA posited that the official statistics gathered by the federal government underestimate the number of #opioid-related deaths.

According to the official count, there were more than 33,000 reported opioid-involved overdose deaths in 2015, but because fatalities are underreported, CEA pegged the number closer to about 41,000 deaths.

Because of this adjustment, the CEA’s cost estimate is much larger than previous estimates. To arrive at the total cost associated with the 41,000 figure, the CEA used a formal typically employed by federal agencies to determine the value of lives lost. Another reason why estimates were much lower in the past is because previous studies only took into account the cost of prescription #painkillers, while the CEA’s analysis also included illicit opioids, like #heroin.

The report is the CEA’s first about the impact of opioids. But it told the Hill that it plans to issue more.

Reuters, which also received a copy of the report, pointed out that the report also looked at the cost of non-fatal opioid usage, estimating the total economic costs associated with the 2.4 million opioid addicts in #America at $72 billion in 2015. Those costs included medical treatment, criminal justice system expenses and the decreased economic productivity of addicts. 🖐🏾👇🏾#WarOnDrugs #WarOnConsciousness #WarOnYou #DrugWar #BigPharma #SocialEngineering #PopulationControl

As of August 30, Erie County has reported 244 confirmed or suspected #opioid drug deaths in 2017 alone. Friends and families came together to remember loved ones who have died from opioid addition at a vigil at LaSalle Park. Pictured here, photos of casualties from the #opioidepidemic. Click on our profile link for more photos. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Thousands died in the opioid crisis while President Trump’s commission stalled on delivering a crucial report. The report was published more than a month late. The delay was needed to take public comments into account, said Chair Chris Christie.

On July 18, Senate Democrats condemned the delay in federal action amid a crisis that claimed over 33,000 lives last year. Drug overdoses now serve as the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

A declaration of emergency would allow the secretary of health and human services to place affected populations on Medicare insurance and reduce the price of necessary prescription drugs. However, it is unclear whether the Trump administration will accept the recommendation or continue to stall on fighting opioid abuse.

In this photo, medical workers take away a woman who has overdosed on heroin, the second case in a matter of minutes in Warren, Ohio on July 14.

Photo: Spencer Platt/@gettyimages

#opioid #drugs #politics #ohio

Doctors are sworn to do no harm to patients. In the midst of our #opioid epidemic, Suffolk County doctor Kurt Silverstein instead helped fuel addiction by allowing his receptionist to dole out phony painkiller prescriptions for cash while he played recreational ice hockey during the work day. Now we’re sending him to jail.

The opioid epidemic has already killed more Americans than the Vietnam War, and my office is committed to combatting it on every front. We’ll keep fighting for solutions to protect New Yorkers from this public health crisis.

See the link in my bio for the full story. #Opioids

In the state morgue in Concord, New Hampshire, Dr. Thomas A. Andrew was slicing through the lung of a 36-year-old woman when white foam seeped out onto the autopsy table. Foam in the lungs is a sign of acute intoxication caused by an #opioid. But Thomas, New Hampshire's chief medical examiner, couldn’t be certain of the cause of death until he could rule out other causes. There were 64,000 #overdose deaths last year across the U.S. — up 22% from the previous year. New Hampshire has more deaths per capita from synthetic opioids like fentanyl than any other state. But routine autopsies are overtaxing medical examiners across the country. “I’m not an alarmist by nature, but this is not overhyped,” Thomas said. Having watched the drug toll mount, he’s no longer content simply to catalog it. Last month, after 2 decades, he retired to explore the mysteries of the soul. He’s entering a #seminary program to pursue a divinity degree, and ultimately plans to minister to young people to stay away from drugs. “After seeing thousands of sudden, unexpected or violent deaths,” he said, “I have found it impossible not to ponder the spiritual dimension of these events.” @heislerphoto took this portrait of Thomas this week at the Hidden Valley Scout Ranch.

What needs to be done to stop the #opioid crisis? #mitchrosenthal @rosenthalcenter & @psantorolesc #gdny

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@Regranned from @anonymiss_nobody - @Regranned from @freedom_faction - #Drugoverdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the #UnitedStates last year, according to the government’s own account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016. The vast majority of those deaths are from #opioid-based substances such as #fentanyl, #heroin, and prescription opioids. Now, a natural plant that is helping people kick their addictions to these dangerous opioids — #kratom — is under attack by the #FDA as it is threatening #bigpharma’s grip on the pain and addiction market.

On Tuesday, Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the #FoodandDrugAdministration, issued a public health advisory on kratom, outlining concerns about its “deadly risks.” As HuffPo notes, Gottlieb’s statement outlined concerns about the herb’s potential for abuse and addiction. He claimed there was “clear data” on these harms, pointing to reports of 36 deaths associated with kratom-containing products and a tenfold increase in calls involving kratom to U.S. poison control centers from 2010 to 2015.

Although kratom users have touted the herb as a safe and effective treatment for conditions like chronic pain, anxiety and depression, as well as a replacement drug for opioid addiction, Gottlieb said there is “no reliable evidence to support” those applications, the HuffPo report continues. In particular, he called the use of kratom as an opioid substitute “extremely concerning” and suggested that it could actually “expand the #opioidepidemic.” However, the millions of people whose lives were saved by switching from opioids to Kratom beg to differ. Also, as you read below, it becomes entirely clear that Gottlieb’s assertion that there is “no reliable evidence to support” the beneficial effects of Kratom is a bold faced lie.

More importantly, these supposed “deaths” from Kratom are highly speculative as we’ve reported last year, the DEA attempted to claim that 15 deaths were attributed to Kratom. However, the American Kratom Association consumer group conducted an independent investigation and found that this was also #disinformation. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾#WarOnDrugs #DrugWar #WarOnConsciousness #WarOnYou #Socia

@Regranned from @freedom_faction - #Drugoverdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the #UnitedStates last year, according to the government’s own account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016. The vast majority of those deaths are from #opioid-based substances such as #fentanyl, #heroin, and prescription opioids. Now, a natural plant that is helping people kick their addictions to these dangerous opioids — #kratom — is under attack by the #FDA as it is threatening #bigpharma’s grip on the pain and addiction market.

On Tuesday, Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the #FoodandDrugAdministration, issued a public health advisory on kratom, outlining concerns about its “deadly risks.” As HuffPo notes, Gottlieb’s statement outlined concerns about the herb’s potential for abuse and addiction. He claimed there was “clear data” on these harms, pointing to reports of 36 deaths associated with kratom-containing products and a tenfold increase in calls involving kratom to U.S. poison control centers from 2010 to 2015.

Although kratom users have touted the herb as a safe and effective treatment for conditions like chronic pain, anxiety and depression, as well as a replacement drug for opioid addiction, Gottlieb said there is “no reliable evidence to support” those applications, the HuffPo report continues. In particular, he called the use of kratom as an opioid substitute “extremely concerning” and suggested that it could actually “expand the #opioidepidemic.” However, the millions of people whose lives were saved by switching from opioids to Kratom beg to differ. Also, as you read below, it becomes entirely clear that Gottlieb’s assertion that there is “no reliable evidence to support” the beneficial effects of Kratom is a bold faced lie.

More importantly, these supposed “deaths” from Kratom are highly speculative as we’ve reported last year, the DEA attempted to claim that 15 deaths were attributed to Kratom. However, the American Kratom Association consumer group conducted an independent investigation and found that this was also #disinformation. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾#WarOnDrugs #DrugWar #WarOnConsciousness #WarOnYou #SocialEngineering - #regrann

This #GivingTuesday on November 28, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media, help support the Partnership by using your voice to support our mission. We invite you to answer: “What do you want to tell a family struggling with addiction?” Starting today, all the way up to Giving Tuesday, participate in our #UNSELFIE social media campaign by tagging us in your selfless selfie and we may repost it. Learn more in our bio link.

Join us on #Facebook! Every week we are LIVE! #AskMark will answer questions about addiction, treatments and family support. This week we are talking about about how to recognize that someone you love might be using opiates.
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A man buried himself alive in Tampa to help raise awareness for the opioid crisis in America. How'd he do it? Story is on my Facebook page, link in bio.

THIS DRUG IS THE DEVIL #Repost @freedom_faction The national #opioidepidemic is even larger drain on the US economy than previously believed, according to a new analysis from the #WhiteHouse Council of Economic Advisers. The cost of opioid-related deaths in 2015 was $504 billion, according to the CEA – a figure equivalent to 2.8% of that year’s gross domestic product.

CEA said the report, which was obtained by the Hill ahead of its release on Monday, was needed because “in assessing the benefits of fiscal and regulatory policies that limit #opioidabuse in the #UnitedStates, it is important to understand the costs associated with the epidemic that policies might mitigate.” In calculating the net cost, the CEA posited that the official statistics gathered by the federal government underestimate the number of #opioid-related deaths.

According to the official count, there were more than 33,000 reported opioid-involved overdose deaths in 2015, but because fatalities are underreported, CEA pegged the number closer to about 41,000 deaths.

Because of this adjustment, the CEA’s cost estimate is much larger than previous estimates. To arrive at the total cost associated with the 41,000 figure, the CEA used a formal typically employed by federal agencies to determine the value of lives lost. Another reason why estimates were much lower in the past is because previous studies only took into account the cost of prescription #painkillers, while the CEA’s analysis also included illicit opioids, like #heroin.

The report is the CEA’s first about the impact of opioids. But it told the Hill that it plans to issue more.

Reuters, which also received a copy of the report, pointed out that the report also looked at the cost of non-fatal opioid usage, estimating the total economic costs associated with the 2.4 million opioid addicts in #America at $72 billion in 2015. Those costs included medical treatment, criminal justice system expenses and the decreased economic productivity of addicts. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾#WarOnDrugs #WarOnConsciousness #WarOnYou #DrugWar #BigPharma #SocialEngineering #PopulationControl

Opioid Epidemic: Preventing Overdose Deaths: As an overdose prevention coordinator, Bernie Lieving works to prevent drug overdoses and train first responders, families, community members and anyone else who might encounter drug use on how to recognize the signs of an overdose and reverse a drug's effects to prevent overdose deaths.⠀

"This isn't just overdose prevention education and Naloxone distribution to stereotyped people who you would think are injection drug users," Lieving said. "Anybody who has a prescription for an opioid and a prescription for a benzodiazepine and/or has a cocktail at dinner is at risk for a possible overdose. We go to senior centers,­­­­ do patient education."⠀

Visit the link in our bio to watch the @kobtv4 interview with Bernie. #doseofreality #doseofrealitynm #doseofreality #opioid #narcotic #drugawareness #newmexico #overdoseprevention #naloxone #overdoseawareness

I always loved Thanksgiving and Christmas. But since my son’s passing, my initial thoughts are, “It's another holiday that he won't be here with us.” Read how I learned to cope with my grief and make this time special and meaningful for my family in the bio link.

@Regrann from @freedom_faction - #Drugoverdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the #UnitedStates last year, according to the government’s own account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016. The vast majority of those deaths are from #opioid-based substances such as #fentanyl, #heroin, and prescription opioids. Now, a natural plant that is helping people kick their addictions to these dangerous opioids — #kratom — is under attack by the #FDA as it is threatening #bigpharma’s grip on the pain and addiction market.

On Tuesday, Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the #FoodandDrugAdministration, issued a public health advisory on kratom, outlining concerns about its “deadly risks.” As HuffPo notes, Gottlieb’s statement outlined concerns about the herb’s potential for abuse and addiction. He claimed there was “clear data” on these harms, pointing to reports of 36 deaths associated with kratom-containing products and a tenfold increase in calls involving kratom to U.S. poison control centers from 2010 to 2015.

Although kratom users have touted the herb as a safe and effective treatment for conditions like chronic pain, anxiety and depression, as well as a replacement drug for opioid addiction, Gottlieb said there is “no reliable evidence to support” those applications, the HuffPo report continues. In particular, he called the use of kratom as an opioid substitute “extremely concerning” and suggested that it could actually “expand the #opioidepidemic.” However, the millions of people whose lives were saved by switching from opioids to Kratom beg to differ. Also, as you read below, it becomes entirely clear that Gottlieb’s assertion that there is “no reliable evidence to support” the beneficial effects of Kratom is a bold faced lie.

More importantly, these supposed “deaths” from Kratom are highly speculative as we’ve reported last year, the DEA attempted to claim that 15 deaths were attributed to Kratom. However, the American Kratom Association consumer group conducted an independent investigation and found that this was also #disinformation. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾#WarOnDrugs #DrugWar #WarOnConsciousness #WarOnYou #SocialEngineering - #regrann

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#Drugoverdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the #UnitedStates last year, according to the government’s own account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016. The vast majority of those deaths are from #opioid-based substances such as #fentanyl, #heroin, and prescription opioids. Now, a natural plant that is helping people kick their addictions to these dangerous opioids — #kratom — is under attack by the #FDA as it is threatening #bigpharma’s grip on the pain and addiction market.

On Tuesday, Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the #FoodandDrugAdministration, issued a public health advisory on kratom, outlining concerns about its “deadly risks.” As HuffPo notes, Gottlieb’s statement outlined concerns about the herb’s potential for abuse and addiction. He claimed there was “clear data” on these harms, pointing to reports of 36 deaths associated with kratom-containing products and a tenfold increase in calls involving kratom to U.S. poison control centers from 2010 to 2015.

Although kratom users have touted the herb as a safe and effective treatment for conditions like chronic pain, anxiety and depression, as well as a replacement drug for opioid addiction, Gottlieb said there is “no reliable evidence to support” those applications, the HuffPo report continues. In particular, he called the use of kratom as an opioid substitute “extremely concerning” and suggested that it could actually “expand the #opioidepidemic.” However, the millions of people whose lives were saved by switching from opioids to Kratom beg to differ. Also, as you read below, it becomes entirely clear that Gottlieb’s assertion that there is “no reliable evidence to support” the beneficial effects of Kratom is a bold faced lie.

More importantly, these supposed “deaths” from Kratom are highly speculative as we’ve reported last year, the DEA attempted to claim that 15 deaths were attributed to Kratom. However, the American Kratom Association consumer group conducted an independent investigation and found that this was also #disinformation. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾#WarOnDrugs #DrugWar #WarOnConsciousness #WarOnYou #SocialEngineering

more @freedom_faction #Drugoverdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the #UnitedStates last year, according to the government’s own account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016. The vast majority of those deaths are from #opioid-based substances such as #fentanyl, #heroin, and prescription opioids. Now, a natural plant that is helping people kick their addictions to these dangerous opioids — #kratom — is under attack by the #FDA as it is threatening #bigpharma’s grip on the pain and addiction market.

On Tuesday, Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the #FoodandDrugAdministration, issued a public health advisory on kratom, outlining concerns about its “deadly risks.” As HuffPo notes, Gottlieb’s statement outlined concerns about the herb’s potential for abuse and addiction. He claimed there was “clear data” on these harms, pointing to reports of 36 deaths associated with kratom-containing products and a tenfold increase in calls involving kratom to U.S. poison control centers from 2010 to 2015.

Although kratom users have touted the herb as a safe and effective treatment for conditions like chronic pain, anxiety and depression, as well as a replacement drug for opioid addiction, Gottlieb said there is “no reliable evidence to support” those applications, the HuffPo report continues. In particular, he called the use of kratom as an opioid substitute “extremely concerning” and suggested that it could actually “expand the #opioidepidemic.” However, the millions of people whose lives were saved by switching from opioids to Kratom beg to differ. Also, as you read below, it becomes entirely clear that Gottlieb’s assertion that there is “no reliable evidence to support” the beneficial effects of Kratom is a bold faced lie.

More importantly, these supposed “deaths” from Kratom are highly speculative as we’ve reported last year, the DEA attempted to claim that 15 deaths were attributed to Kratom. However, the American Kratom Association consumer group conducted an independent investigation and found that this was also #disinformation. 🖐🏾More @freedom_faction 👇🏾#WarOnDrugs #DrugWar #WarOnConsciousness #WarOnYou #SocialEngineering

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