After 46 yrs and > ONE TRILLION spent… CDC believes that 4.8 million will RAISE AWARENESS ON OPIATE ABUSE

CDC Spending $4.8 Million to “Raise Awareness” about Prescription Opioid Abuse nationalpainreport.com/cdc-spending-4-8-million-to-raise-awareness-about-prescription-opioid-abuse-8832374.html One would think that the massive amount of attention to prescription opioids and the sweeping changes to guidelines and law that have come this year would be enough to raise awareness in the US. But the CDC thinks that is not enough. It […]

2016 in review … what killed us

http://www.romans322.com/daily-death-rate-statistics.php Here is the list from the end of 2015 if interested in comparing http://www.pharmaciststeve.com/?p=13073 United States of America CURRENT DEATH TOLL from Jan 1, 2016 – Dec 31, 2016 (2:49:32 PM) Someone just died by: Abortion: 1093857 Heart Disease: 615388 Cancer: 592700 Tobacco: 350592 Obesity: 307520 Medical Errors: 251880 Stroke: 133328 Lower Respiratory Disease: […]

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USA’s appetite for those illegal substances fuels the drive in China to supply

Where Synthetic Opioids Really Come From http://www.attn.com/stories/13807/where-synthetic-opioids-really-come-from President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to combat the opioid crisis largely focuses on drug trafficking from Mexico. But in terms of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil — powerful narcotics that have contributed to mass overdoses across the United States in recent years — the problem appears to […]

addiction treatment center: ginned up business by paying sober home operators to send him their residents for outpatient treatment ?

Patient-brokering charges against treatment center CEO ramped up to 95 http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/patient-brokering-charges-against-treatment-center-ceo-ramped/LKkmoHAeJq4kMCF1fRSOeL/ Already arrested on a handful of patient brokering charges in October, addiction treatment center executive James Kigar is now facing a total of 95 separate criminal counts linked to cashing in on recovering addicts. The spate of extra patient-brokering allegations were filed Dec. 20, according […]

Online Petitions: used to build databases of names, emails and phone numbers of those who can be called to donate

Online Petitions Take Citizen Participation to New Levels. But Do They Work? www.nytimes.com/2016/12/28/us/online-petitions-activism.html Online petitions are all over the place. Some are political (like one asking members of the Electoral College to vote for Hillary Clinton as president instead of Donald J. Trump); others are unearthly (like one asking that “Star Wars: The Old Republic” […]

Opioid drugs make pain tolerable, most long-term users say

Opioid drugs make pain tolerable, most long-term users say https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/12/20/opioid-drugs-make-pain-tolerable-most-long-term-users-say/ At the center of the nation’s opioid crisis is a simple fact: Large numbers of Americans experience serious pain, and the vast majority of those who have used strong painkillers for a long period say they work. That’s one key takeaway from a new Washington […]

The rate of alcohol-related deaths for white women age 35 to 54 has more than doubled since 1999

Six facts about dying young www.abqjournal.com/917739/six-facts-about-dying-young.html Over the past year, The Washington Post has explored a historic increase in premature death among white Americans, particularly middle-aged women living in small towns and rural areas. Here are the key findings from The Post’s “Unnatural Causes” series: 1. The nation’s health is deteriorating, with no end in […]

The CDC is being influenced by corporate and political interests

The CDC is being influenced by corporate and political interests http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/301432-the-cdc-is-being-being-influenced-by-corporate-and-political# Concerns about the inner workings of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been mounting in recent months amid disclosures of cozy corporate alliances. Now a group of more than a dozen senior scientists have reportedly lodged an ethics complaint alleging […]

Opioid Denial: My Own Harrowing Experience

Opioid Denial: My Own Harrowing Experience http://acsh.org/news/2016/12/29/opioid-denial-my-own-harrowing-experience-10655 Talk about irony. Who could have possibly known that one week after my New York Post op ed warned that our new, deeply flawed strategy to combat the opioid overdose epidemic would end up harming innocent patients, that I would become one of them? I have asthma, and […]

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