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Trump Wants to Get Mean With 'Drug Pushers'—But What About Big Pharma?

Alternet - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:29
Leave it to the billionaire president to deflect blame from pharmaceutical giants profiting off addiction.

President Donald Trump has a new idea for how to combat America’s opioid crisis — one that requires us, unsurprisingly, to get “mean” and “tough.” Indeed, in a speech in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Feb. 5, Trump proposed harsher treatment of “drug pushers” and “drug dealers” as a means of fighting the opioid epidemic that killed more than 42,000 Americans in 2016.

Specifically, Trump said:

 Creating good jobs is also an important part of fighting the drug epidemic that has affected millions of Americans, bringing new hope to struggling communities.  And it’s gotten to a point where it’s never been worse.

People form blue ribbon committees, they do everything they can.  And, frankly, I have a different take on it.  My take is, you have to get really, really tough — really mean — with the drug pushers and the drug dealers.  We can do all the blue ribbon committees we want. We have to get a lot tougher than we are.  And we have to stop drugs from pouring across our border.

Trump using the opioid crisis as a way to gain support for the border wall is nothing new, but it’s a slap in the face to the victims and their families who have been hurt by the epidemic. The “drug pushers” and “drug dealers” are merely middlemen, small-time players, compared to the biggest dealers of all: pharmaceutical companies.

According to data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prescription opioid sales nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2014; during this timespan, overdose deaths from prescription opioids increased as well. While opioid prescriptions should only be prescribed to cancer patients, or those with pain-related diagnosis, only an estimated one out of five fit the bill. Overdose deaths from opioid prescriptions were fives times higher in 2016 than they were in 1999, and overall, 40 percent of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involved prescription drugs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that half of young people who inject heroin abused opioid prescriptions first; in other words, opioid prescriptions are often a gateway to heroin. In addition to an increase in opioid-prescription deaths, the number of opioids sold to pharmacies and hospitals nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2010, according to CDC data. Horrifyingly, large pharmaceutical companies profit off these deaths and addictions.

Yet Trump seems to believe the crisis is purely a result of Mexican drug dealers. Yes, heroin does travel across the border. According to additional CDC data, “increased availability, relatively low price (compared to prescription opioids), and high purity of heroin in the U.S. also have been identified as possible factors in the rising rate of heroin use.” According to data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the amounts of heroin confiscated at the southwest border quadrupled from 2008 to 2013, but that's not what's driving 1,000 people a day to emergency rooms across the country for misusing opioid prescriptions.

Even though Trump declared the opioid crisis a "health emergency," his actions have spoken louder than words. Per Politico earlier this week, Kellyanne Conway is now in charge of dealing with opioids, and the White House is allegedly telling experts that they're not welcome on his committee to deal with the crisis.

Now, hope for combatting the crisis lies in state and civic policy —  as it looks like we can't count on the federal government for help.

Some cities like New York, and states like Missouri, are already taking matters into their own hands and suing the manufacturers and distributors of opioid prescription drugs. Big pharmaceutical companies involved in these various lawsuits include Purdue Pharma LP and Johnson & Johnson.

“More New Yorkers have died from opioid overdoses than car crashes and homicides combined in recent years. Big Pharma helped to fuel this epidemic by deceptively peddling these dangerous drugs and hooking millions of Americans in exchange for profit,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “It’s time for hold the companies accountable for what they’ve done to our City, and help save more lives.”

In regards to drug prices, Trump once said the "drug companies, frankly, are getting away with murder."

Indeed, President Trump, pharmaceutical giants are getting away with actual, non-metaphorical murder when it comes to peddling opioids.

 

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Trump Tells Netanyahu No Marijuana Exports, Israel Says Okay

Alternet - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:21
A call from the president to the prime minister was all it took.

 

 

 

Israel has halted a plan to export medical marijuana at the request of US President Donald Trump, reports said. The plan would include relaxing Israel's strict criteria for exporting medical ...

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Military to spend $170000 so leaders can see what it's like to be stoned on marijuana - National Post

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:39

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The Canadian Forces is buying kits that will let its leaders experience what it's like to be stoned on marijuana. The “marijuana simulation kits” will include “marijuana impairment goggles,” among other items. The Canadian Forces wants to acquire 26 of ...

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Marijuana sales overtake alcohol in US city for first time | The ... - The Independent

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:33

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Girl Scout sells 300 cookie boxes in six hours after setting up outside ... - Telegraph.co.uk

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:44

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OR: Police union says Portland faces 'catastrophic staffing shortage - KPTV - FOX 12

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OR: Police: Two arrested after drugs, paraphernalia, firearm found i - KPTV - FOX 12

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OR: Man, woman from Linn Co. sentenced to prison on meth charges - KPTV - FOX 12

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OR: Soaring overdose deaths cut US life expectancy for 2nd year - KPIC

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OR: Indiana mother accused of crashing while on heroin with twin toddlers in the car - KPIC

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OR: Police chief: Woman used my business card to snort heroin - KPIC

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OR: Dying to Get High - KPIC

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OR: Recovering addict thanks Ohio first responders for a second chance at life - KPIC

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OR: SHERIFF: Stolen firearms and 'dealer quantities' of meth and heroin found in Sweet Home - KPIC

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OR: Suspect in custody after juvenile stabbed in NE Portland - KOIN

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