Opioid Epidemic – Trumps’ Problem? Or Big Pharma?

Opioid abuse has been a problem for more than two decades, and yet, somehow Trump is being touted as a failure by both left and right because in his first ten months of office, he hasn’t fixed it. Even Ann Coulter is aboard the bash team.

A New York Times opinion piece would have us believe that Obama’s eight years don’t count in the fight because he did – nothing, and Bush’s eight years don’t count, Billy, Walter, huey and puey don’t count, all that matters is the fact that Trump hasn’t fixed it, and that’s what counts.

Of course, opinions and advice flies from all directions, but most of it isn’t about fixing the epidemic so much as re-medicating the addicts.

What is the “Cause”?   It’s root stems from Big Pharma and weaves to doctors and hospitals who take a spiff for every pill they dispense and are only concerned about profit, not patient. That’s it. Easy. Just stop it at the source, the drug dealer. When it comes to illegal drugs we understand that nuance completely, arrest the dealers. When it comes to prostitution, we get it! Arrest the pimps. For some reason, pundits would have us believe that the way to tend to the opioid epidemic is to subvert billions of dollars from the federal budget and use it for ‘emergency response and treatment’.

Really?

So their version of a cure is to create a new oversight committee to create federally funded facilities that will be tied to reams of bureaucracy and provide treatment which entails weaning in-house patients off the drug by giving them other drugs, medications and counseling.   In the meantime Big Pharma, doctors and hospitals will continue to dispense with unabated urgency because now they are losing money on the addicts in treatment. So they’ll push more – harder. Except they will make money on the antidotes that will be freely dispensed like hard candy at a lollipop store!

The simplistic answer is you simply knell and prostrate yourself before Big Pharma and hospital executives and ask them pretty please will they stop pushing opioids and take a 10% hit on their bottom line profits… Or maybe you get a consortium of retail executives to cut a deal whereby they provide an incentive for the money spent on opioids to revert back into retail spending by giving Big Pharma a retail spiff.

At any rate, the core problem won’t change unless you – change the core.

The reality is there are a lot of people making big bucks off the opioid crisis and simply setting up treatment does absolutely nothing for the problem.   The US has a significant ‘drug’ problem and opioids are just a part of the crisis.

As of 2013, 78.7 million Americans were on some form of psychiatric drug including 1 million children under the age of 5, of which 275,000 are infants under the age of one on prescribed medication for psychosis. The bulk of infants on psychotropic’s are on ‘anti-anxiety drugs’. How is that even possible? Who puts an infant on a psychotic medication?

Infants born to drug addicted moms.   But according to statistics that may account for roughly 24,000 births. Why would the remaining 250,000 infants require psychotic drugs? The overwhelming answer would seem to be – laziness. It is no different than adults looking for a pill to make them skinny, make them young, make them happy, make them better, healthier, sexier. Pushing the pills on children is the new easy way out when your child doesn’t seem to measure up to Mary’s or Martha’s.   Infants are prescribed ADHD drugs. And the psychiatrist is only too happy to comply because that’s another spiff in their pocket.

Today, the role of a psychiatrist is mostly to act as a pill dispensary. As a result, most psychiatric practices are a secondary specialty. With neurology or internal medicine their primary. They don’t actually treat the patient, instead they prescribe medication and then send them to a ‘real therapist’ for counseling therapy.   But how can a therapist know if their counseling is working if the patient is drugged?

And so the circle goes.

There are legitimate reasons to prescribe psychotic drugs. But if Big Pharma is only treating a few hundred thousand, the profits aren’t worth the manufacturing cost. It’s like the vaccine hysteria. Unless millions of people are required to partake, it isn’t worth the effort. It’s like the attitude parlayed by the vaccine industry in pushing vaccines for things that are relatively benign – chicken pox. “You don’t want your child to suffer do you?” Is the guilt.

So you want Trump to fix it?  

Someone has to suffer. That’s just the way it works. But turning everyone into a whimperdoodle isn’t going to cure anything.  You want to stop the opioid epidemic? STOP PRESCRIBING OPIOIDS.

Opioid Addiction – Big Pharma Profits

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.