Opioid Deaths Plummeting in States Where Weed is Legal

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Opioid Deaths Plummeting in States With Legal Weed

By: James Holbrooks

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to lament what he views as a blight on society, a newstudy is showing that states with medical marijuana programs are seeing drastic reductions in opioid-related hospitalizations and overdoses.

From a Reuters article published Tuesday:

“In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals failed to see a predicted influx of pot smokers, but in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users, a new study shows.

“Hospitalization rates for opioid painkiller dependence and abuse dropped on average 23 percent in states after marijuana was permitted for medical purposes, the analysis found. Hospitalization rates for opioid overdoses dropped 13 percent on average.”

The study, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, was authored by Yuyan Shi, a public health professor at the University of California in San Diego. According to Reuters, Shi’s study is the fifth in recent years to demonstrate declines in opioid dependence in states where medical weed is legal.

Intrigued by the data, Dr. Esther Choo, an emergency medicine professor at Oregon Health and Science University, spoke to Reuters via email.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that battling the opioid epidemic will require a multi-pronged approach and a good deal of creativity,” Choo, who was not involved in the study, said. “Could increased liberalization of marijuana be part of the solution? It seems plausible.”

One 2014 study showed opioid deaths dropped an average of 25 percent in states where medical marijuana is permitted, and data released just a month ago suggests that given the choice, many patients prefer weed over opioids as a painkiller.

The news of this latest study comes as a congressional committee announced it is opening an investigation into the pharmaceutical manufacturers of the nation’s five top-selling opioid products.

According to a statement released by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, the investigation — to be headed by Senator Claire McCaskill (D) — will explore whether pharmaceutical corporations “have contributed to opioid over-utilization and overprescription.” (Click to Article)

Ohio shocker: 793 million opioid drug doses prescribed in one year

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Ohio shocker: 793 million opioid drug doses prescribed in one year

Here’s why zombies are real

By Jon Rappoport

The state government of Ohio has filed a lawsuit against five drug companies: Teva, Allergen, Johnson & Johnson, Purdue, and Endo.

The suit accuses these companies of unlawful marketing practices that have led to Ohio’s opioid addiction “problem.”

Here’s the big one: the suit states that, in 2012, a staggering 793 million doses of opioid drugs were prescribed to Ohio citizens. That translates to an average of 68 pills for each person in Ohio.

The suit accuses the drug makers of conspiring to influence opinion leaders and various medical groups. This marketing blitz resulted in deceptive treatment guidelines, false information delivered at medical conferences, and misleading “science” articles—all designed to minimize the dire effects of opioids.

Well, yes, these painkillers (e.g., OxyContin) do kill pain. In the process, they also creation addiction and turn minds to mush.

Apparently, Ohio is pretty much in a collective trance state. We’re talking Zombification. 793 million opioid doses in one year.

Don’t forget the doctors who prescribe the drugs. As a group, they can’t care about their patients’ state of mind. Just load people up to the eyeballs with chemical pacification.

If you think this over-prescription epidemic corresponds to the actual amount of physical pain Ohio citizens are experiencing, think again. The drugs are obviously being handed out for other reasons: to sustain and feed addiction; to “treat depression”; to “manage dissatisfaction with life.” In other words, drug companies are promoting an ongoing profit bonanza for themselves. The human consequences don’t matter. (Click to Article)

Big Pharma Exposed for Knowingly Causing Opioid Epidemic, Ushering in a Heroin Nightmare

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By Claire Bernish

Big Pharma created the legal opiate addiction epidemic and its outgrowth, rampant heroin abuse, because pharmaceutical corporations’ own addiction to profit arguably trumps any concern it may have had for patients. Though the accusation may seem harsh, the evidence has never been more apparent thanks to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times — which presents a scathing condemnation of the company behind the notorious painkiller, OxyContin.

Two decades ago, Purdue Pharma began marketing OxyContin — a chemical cousin to heroin — with the claim its 12-hour “smooth and sustained” dosing would revolutionize the treatment of pain. However, the claim is not only problematic in that its duration is often hours less than promised — leading patients to experience symptoms of withdrawal — but Purdue knew that before the painkiller ever hit the market.

As the Times discovered, Purdue’s push to market OxyContin, one of the most abused pharmaceuticals in history, flatly and continually ignored all reports from sales reps, complaints from doctors, and independent research on the drug — all in the name of profit.

Indeed, profit Purdue has — the company has reaped some $31 billion in revenue over OxyContin’s troubled 20-year stranglehold on the painkiller market. And ignoring complaints and research contradictory to its extended-relief claim is key to Purdue’s continued success with the hundreds-of-dollars-per-bottle drug, since milder opiate painkillers may, indeed, offer similar if not more effective benefits.

Because Purdue pressures doctors and sales reps to maintain the 12-hour dosing strictures, doctors often increase the prescribed potency.

More than half of long-term OxyContin users are on doses that public health officials consider dangerously high, according to an analysis of nationwide prescription data conducted for theTimes.

In examining the Times’ report, it becomes apparent Purdue has placed striving for profit above any iota of concern for suffering patients, the cycle of abuse and addiction, or the burgeoning health crisis due to opioid medication. But it isn’t OxyContin, in itself, driving the crisis — it’s the company’s insistence on the strictures of 12-hour dosing cycles, since the drug’s effects wear off much sooner for many. (Click to Article)

Could There Be Party Pills in Your Chicken?

Story at-a-glance

  • Consumer groups filed suit against Sanderson Farms after the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) scrutinized 69 locations and found 82 “unconfirmed residues”
  • FSIS inspections and testing discovered the recreational drug ketamine, a hallucinogenic anesthetic, as well as antibiotics, pesticides and growth hormones in Sanderson Farm products
  • Several consumer groups filed the complaint against the $2.8 billion company for touting its products as “100 percent natural,” asking Sanderson to admit it violated false advertising laws and to pay for a corrective ad campaign

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By Dr. Mercola

If you’ve never heard about ketamine, you’re not alone. Scores of people had never heard the word until Bloomberg broke the story June 22, 2017, revealing that ketamine had shown up in Sanderson Farms’ so-called “100 percent natural” chicken, arguably the most popular meat in America.

Some who’ve heard of ketamine may include veterinarians, psychiatrists and people in the club scene who like to walk on the edgy (read: sketchy) side, as ketamine is known for delivering hallucinogenic effects. Testing also revealed other, and some even worse substances, and consumer advocacy groups don’t intend to sit still for it. In fact, a new lawsuit has been initiated by consumer advocacy groups due to the company’s use of the word “natural” in its advertising. Bloomberg explains:

“The consumer groups contend that Sanderson Farms “doses its chickens” but don’t explain why. Ketamine might be used to sedate the animals during transport or before slaughter. The consumer groups want Sanderson to concede it violated false advertising laws and pay for a corrective ad campaign.”1

Some consumers may feel it’s not a big deal, what with all the other questionable ingredients in foods nowadays, but that’s where they’d be wrong. As Drug.com explains, ketamine (pronounced kee’-ta-meen) is an anesthesia that “works in the brain to inhibit painful sensations.”2 It’s prescribed by psychiatrists for depressed patients and by dentists as an anesthetic. A partial list of disturbing side effects include:

  • Drowsiness, light-headedness or headache for as long as 24 hours
  • Its effects are more pronounced and worse with alcohol or certain medications
  • Changes in behavior, mental state or mood, confusion and/or hallucinations, which “usually” go away within 24 hours
  • Use in pregnant or breast-feeding women, elderly patients or children under 16  is not advised as they may be more sensitive, which is considered unsafe
  • Nausea or vomiting, severe allergic reactions, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, swelling of your mouth, face, lips or tongue, frequent or painful urination, double vision, involuntary muscle movements and more

Is it too much to ask, when a company touts its food as natural, for consumers to expect it to be true? (Click to Article)

OHIO SEEKS TO BEGIN A PURGE OF THE “UNDESIRABLES”

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One Ohio city is in financial hardship thanks to the opioid epidemic’s overdoses so they’ve come up with a solution. But what the proposed bill really does, is give the government an excuse to allow those who are victims of Big Pharma’s war on us die in the streets of an overdose.

The controversial proposal is supposed to deal with heroin overdoses, according to WLWT. The NBC affiliate reports that Middletown, Ohio, is considering whether people should only be given two strikes before they’re out of chances at Narcan. Meaning if life-saving measures need to be taken a third time, rescue workers (who are paid with taxpayer’s stolen funds, and non-optional) won’t even be dispatched to revive the overdose victim with Narcan.

City council member Dan Picard is proposing a three strikes system. After the first two overdose rescues, the person would perform community service for the equivalent amount of money used on the lifesaving response. The third strike is a bit more controversial.

“If the dispatcher determines that the person who’s overdosed is someone who’s been part of the program for two previous overdoses and has not completed the community service and has not cooperated in the program, then we wouldn’t dispatch,” said Dan Picard, Middletown city council member. –WSLS

The Fire Department said responders are required by law to provideNarcan, which is an opioid overdose antidote if they do respond to an overdose. “We are faced with stress on our services, particularly the EMS services where we can do six to eight opioid overdose runs a day,” said Paul Lolli, fire chief of Middletown, told reporter Megan Mitchell. So, to alleviate the burden of having to save those “undesirables,” the bill would make it perfectly legal for first responders to ignore overdose victims on “strike three” and let them die on the street. (Click to Article)

Hysterical Democrats who say health care reform will “kill people” don’t seem to realize how many Americans are already killed every year by the medical system

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(Natural News) To hear hysterical Democrats say it, any attempt at health care reform by the GOP is equivalent to “killing Americans.” In their delusional world — which has long since abandoned anything resembling reason or reality — the Obamacare system saved lives and killed no one, while a Republican-run system would be the equivalent of the mass murder of Americans. Seriously, this is the dark rhetoric now being spewed by Democrats whose words achieve nothing other than inspiring psychopathic left-wing killers to gun down Republican congressmen on a baseball field.

Yet the sobering truth is that for as long as the U.S. “sick care” system has been dominated by pharmaceutical interests, it has been killing Americans by the hundreds of thousands per year.

Right now, prescription drugs kill well over 100,000 Americans per year, even when properly prescribed. The more honest number is likely over 200,000 per year once you consider the opioid epidemic, which is now killing more people than all gun-related deaths and shootings combined.

A statistical analysis reveals that prescription drugs are 16,400% more deadly than terrorists, and iatrogenic deaths — deaths caused by doctors, hospitals and drugs — had already reached 783,000 per year over a decade ago (source: “Death by Medicine” PDF), which is the equivalent of multiple jumbo jet airliners dropping out of the sky every single day, filled with hundreds of passengers each.

Somehow, Democrats have decided that none of these deaths count. Nope, all the people who died under Obama’s health care fiasco are forgotten and swept under the rug. It’s only the people who die after the Republicans take over the health care system that will be counted, you see. And so the same Democrats who bent over backwards to argue that Obama’s health care system was the best system in the world — a system that “saved lives” through “treatment” with dangerous prescription medications — will flip the script and argue that the GOP’s health care reforms suddenly transform America’s health care system into a murderous, heartless regime… a “killing fields” of bad medicine that causes the mass death and suffering of as many people as possible as a means to fulfill the dark, evil hearts of Republicans who are seething with hatred, we’re told. (Click to Article)

State sues drug makers over opioid epidemic

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(Natural News) Big Pharma’s role in the opioid epidemic plaguing the United States has not gone unnoticed — and it simply cannot be set aside any longer. People are waking up to the fact that they have been duped by the pharmaceutical industry, and slowly but surely, they are fighting back. Countless cities and states are taking legal action to put the pressure on the industry to scale back their blasphemous pushing of their addictive and harmful drugs.

For example, four counties in the state of New York have filed lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies and physicians for their aggressive and misleading marketing tactics. And now, Attorney General Mike DeWine, hailing from Ohio, has thrown his hat into the ring — and plans on taking five pharma companies to court, where hopefully justice will prevail.

DeWine says that between the promotion of “benefits” not supported by any scientific evidence, and the fraudulent information presented to patients in order to mislead them, it’s clear that the companies behind the drugs have played a serious part in the opioid epidemic striking Ohio.

The Attorney General filed his complaint against five drugmakers in Ross County, which is located in southern Ohio. The area has been hit hard by painkiller addiction, and fatal overdoses from opioids or heroin. Studies have shown that opioid abuse often predicates the use of heroin or other injectable drugs. Data collected between 2008 and 2009 revealed that in young users, nearly 86 percent had abused opioid painkillers before moving onto heroin. As the National Institute of Drug Abuse reports, “Of those who began abusing opioids in the 2000s, 75 percent reported that their first opioid was a prescription drug (Cicero et al., 2014). Examining national-level general population heroin data (including those in and not in treatment), nearly 80 percent of heroin users reported using prescription opioids prior to heroin (Jones, 2013; Muhuri et al., 2013).” (Click to Article)

Tiger Woods gets arrested for DUI, then says toxic “mix of medications” made him drive like a dangerous maniac… what if he’s RIGHT?

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(Natural News) Either Tiger Woods is a drunken liar, or prescription medications are extremely dangerous to public safety.

Woods, who was arrested and charged with a DUI early Monday morning in Jupiter, Florida, says his erratic driving was caused by an “unexpected reaction” to prescription medications. In essence, Woods says he was “driving while medicated.”

“I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved,” Woods said in a public statement. “What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”

This apparent lie goes down in history alongside other epic lies from famous men caught with the wrong woman or the wrong chemicals in their bloodstream. Bill Clinton’s “I never had sexual relations with that women, Miss Lewinsky” comes to mind, along with, “I smoked marijuana but never inhaled.” (Click to Article)

Big Pharma is contaminating nearly all the water in America with toxic drugs that alter biology, fertility and even gender expression

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(Natural News) America has become the luxury playground for pharmaceutical company moguls. As trillions of dollars trickle through the economy, all those physicians who peddle their poisons, along with PR and media account executives, are paid millions for mind-numbing advertising campaigns promoting a daily dose of “ask your doctor.” But your doctor may not need to play middleman anymore. As reported by Scientific American, trace amounts of many pharmaceuticals have been found “in the drinking water supplies of some 40 million Americas.” Need your ADHD medicine? Just take a sip of tap water.

In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Sylvia Lee, along with her team from The Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies based in Milford, New York, collected water samples from six different streams surrounding Baltimore, Maryland. ARS Technica has reported that the researchers found 14 different drugs in the samples, with two drugs, amphetamines and methamphetamine, discovered at all six sites with varying levels of concentration. The amount of amphetamines, the drug well known for its use in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), was the highest ever recorded in surface waters, beating earlier saturation levels as measured by scientists in Spain.

Dr. Lee took the experiment a step further and created a method to test exactly how the amphetamines would affect aquatic life. Her group built artificial streams, clean of any toxins, and filled them with living bacteria, algae, microorganisms and aquatic insects. Gradually, the researchers introduced D-amphetamine, the same substance found in the ADHD medications and their six samples, and added the exact amount they had previously discovered into their artificial streams.  Within a week, algae were down 50 percent and the aquatic insects reproduced like “they were on speed.” Additionally, the diversity of diatoms and certain bacteria, so essential for aquatic life, were greatly diminished. (Click to Article)

Risperdal: The Long And Winding Trail Of Crimes

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By Jon Rappoport

“Hi folks. Guess what? We have a drug to treat below-average IQ and disruptive behavior in children. The drug causes brain damage, but don’t worry, be happy.”

PREFACE:

Readers have noticed I’ve been redoubling my efforts lately to expose medical crimes. This circus of madmen needs exposing.

Medical criminals are leeches on the public body. They will say and do anything to maintain their position of authority.

They will say their fantasies are fact. They will say their toxic drugs are cures. They will say their useless and fake diagnoses are real. They will, when they work for drug companies, claim their latest maybe-could-be-hope-so breakthrough innovation is right around the corner.

As they work on their victims, they will deny they are sucking the life blood out of them. They will say they are helping them.

And they will defend themselves as scientists.

This is my experience working as an INDEPENDENT reporter for 35 years.

This is my experience investigating the center-stage area of the medical system: the long-term treatment of illness that goes on and on, from one diagnosis to another, one toxic drug to another, as people are brought into the circus, as they are guided through the circus for their whole lives.

The whole circus is fake. It’s a delusion. It’s money. It’s profit. It’s control. It’s poisonous. It’s the rigor of the parasite feeding on its victim.

The way to get out of it is to get out of it.

Over the years, I’ve had the ambition and the determination to document these medical matters. I’ve found evidence by the truckload. I’ve approached readers from many different angles with that evidence. I continue to do so.

What keeps me going is my perception of the circus—that it is a presentation of reality, a whole-hog reality, invented from scratch, by fools and liars and pretenders and psychopathic criminals.

What keeps me going is the understanding that the other side is: revolt—which includes people creating their own reality, the reality they truly want.

These are unshakable things.

The leeches know they need us for their sustenance. They are trying to pass laws that will make it mandatory for us to line up and watch them work on us—new laws, more laws. More binding laws.

So freedom is the clarion call. Freedom dispels the delusions and exposes the fakers. Freedom means people choose how to deal with their own bodies and minds. Freedom is the silver bullet to the vampiric lunatics. Freedom is the imperative. And freedom never goes away, even for the most abject slave. It comes to him in his dreams.

Freedom is the essence. You look at it, you take it. You stand with it. You launch from it.

Mainstream medical reporters—the most entrenched ones—are a low breed. They defend the leeches. They rally the public, who, hypnotically and aggressively (knowing nothing) stand for “science.” This is the great joke in the middle of the circus. The great, cruel, enduring joke. (Click to Article)