Opioids. The epidemic began when? Under whose watch? Under what guise? They cut deals, dealt openly, took kickbacks and lucrative add-ons all at the behest of their Master who created the newest pyramid scheme, the dealers themselves; Big Pharm, the Insurance Industry and Doctors. The street pimps? They were small potatoes compared to the real money – $$$$$$$$$$$$$ billions.
If you want to blame a President, then go back to the beginning, when the push became one of the biggest scams in history. 1998.
Pharma needs a continual epidemic in order to survive. Insurance is willing to play as long as the Opioids don’t create lawsuits, and the doctors, well they just want a piece of the action.
Last year I had back surgery for a herniated disc. After the surgery I felt great, and given I get side effects from narcotics, I opted to not take any. But the hospital went into a tizzy claiming I was ‘required’ to not only take them during my stay, but also I was ‘required’ to fill a prescription for home before they would release me! We argued. I spit out the pills into my hand feeling much like I was a character in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and the prescription fill sat in my kitchen until this ‘unnamed’ person chose to lay claim to the drug and empty the bottle…
SO who was President in 1998? Billy. And where was Soros? He was fighting a slew of accusations claiming he was a co-conspirator in the Hillary Haiti scam, and fussing up to having actually participated in looting with the Nazi’s, and battling the new media which no longer portrayed him as the angelic philanthropist.
It was the beginning of a long thought out chess game in which the sheep would be slaughtered by drugs, led astray in education with the rewriting of history, and immorality was considered normal and embraced.
Opioids have been an epidemic for 20+ years, and the media is crying for Trump to solve this heinous crime. Really?? But who are the perpetrators, the instigators who profited handsomely – Big Pharm, the Insurance Industry, and doctors who no longer ‘cured anything’ but instead prescribed massive doping drugs to mask the true devastation of disease, and thus create – addiction.
This addiction having reached massive proportions, Big Pharma will be called on to find a new drug to cure the addiction their Opioids created, and a new and ever more massive scam will pervade. Drugs to cure the side effects of drugs to cure the side effect of – drugs. But wait, Obama already approved a new and improved – old drug – to cure the catastrophe created by the other ‘old drug’.
So, how many drugs does it take to support an industry that needs to make $450 billion per year just to meet last year’s quota? How many people are employed by Big Pharma? A million? More? And with the newest addition, Biotech, the stakes are massively higher. Think a President can even dent that equation? Or add to it? This is far beyond the scope of a President.
During Hillary’s campaign, she took in over $336,000 from Big Pharma, more than any other candidate. Donald Trump? $1,010. No missing zeroes.
By 2008, when Bush was President, drug overdose deaths were nearly matching those of deaths from vehicular accidents which is considered “the leading cause of injury related death in the US”. By 2016, when Obama was President, Opioid deaths had nearly doubled with Maryland, Maine, Delaware and Connecticut, leading the pack. What did Obama do? He had the FDA approve a new drug that Big Pharma could freely market, Probuphine. It is administered via an ‘implant’ that releases a continuous flow into the bloodstream. It is an opioid. Side effects are possible, infection from the surgical implantation, and dependency or death may occur.
While in tablet or pill form Probuphine has the same efficacy as Methadone and has been in existence since 1981, the implant version was just approved and studies have yet to determine comparative results.
The bottom line; giving a drug to stop the use of another drug does nothing to mitigate the problem and only ramps up the profit margin of the problem, i.e., Big Pharma, the Insurance Industry and Doctors. Can Trump change this cycle? I doubt it. This is a well instilled logic and rational which has helped to drive up medical costs, insurance rates, and hospital bills to the point of no return. And Big Pharma isn’t about to take a hit.