Talk to cops anywhere in this country and they’ll tell you that pharmaceutical drugs are causing more problems and more deaths than crack and heroin combined ever did.
A picture I came across a few days ago go me wondering…
WHERE DO PHARMACEUTICAL OPIATES COME FROM?
Turns out all the bad pharmaceutical’s raw ingredient opium does not come from Afghanistan. Allegedly it comes from a very controlled spot in India. But forgive me if I don’t believe all they say. Do you really mean to tell me that while 90% of opium comes from Afghanistan, the drug lords, the CIA and the United States government don’t let any of it make its way to the corporations that they all support?
Well that’s just speculation…but here’s one thing that’s FREAKING CRAZY…..The United States government completely regulates the entire production of every tiny milligram of opiate that’s produced here in the United States of America. See the Federal Register Here And guess what? While law enforcement agencies all across the country are ramping up their budgets, becoming more weaponized and more militaristic in order to deal with the problems associated with medical grade drug crimes…..
THE US GOVERNMENT IS ALLOWING DRAMATIC INCREASES IN THE PRODUCTION AND OUTPUT OF THESE DANGEROUS DRUGS!
And so, while on the one hand we’re increasing spending on the drug, “problem”…
For the first time since its creation, Florida’s prescription drug monitoring program is getting support from the state Legislature.
The show of approval comes in the form of a $500,000 appropriation by lawmakers, enough money to keep the embattled database up and running for at least another year.
State Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, who has sponsored bills in favor of the drug database for four years, said the money came at the right time.
” Otherwise, the prescription drug monitoring program would be on life support,” Fasano said.
Dave Bowen, the chairman of the foundation that manages the monitoring program, said the database had $170,000 in its coffers before lawmakers approved the budget May 3.
The annual cost to simply run and maintain the program is about $500,000, he said.
” It’s a tremendous blessing,” Bowen said. ” We’re funded for the next year.”
The $500,000 appropriation is a one-time payment, said Fasano, who co-sponsored a measure that would have ensured the database was funded by the state every year.
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If the US Government were serious about stopping the ravages of drugs like hydrocodone and Oxycontin. If the US Government wanted to prevent children from dying of drug overdoses. If the US Government were serious about protecting citizens and law enforcement from the dangers of an increasingly militarized police state, they could simply
REDUCE THE DOMESTIC PRODUCTION OF THE DRUGS!
To understand why the FDA and DEA so protect the interests of certain companies, it’s worth remembering what Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, pointed out in her 2004 book, ” The Truth About the Drug Companies.” The Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) employs more lobbyists in Washington than there are members of Congress.
Since 2007, the group has spent more than $20 million annually on lobbying in Washington to see that its interests are protected.
All the big-name pharmaceutical companies that make Oxycodone products “” including, but not limited to, Pfizer, Purdue Pharma and Endo Pharmaceuticals “” are members of PhRMA. They also spend additional millions lobbying annually for their own specific interests. And they are the biggest donors to a national a nonprofit organization known as the American Pain Foundation. According to the organization’s most recent annual report, the American Pain Foundation had a budget of roughly $5 million for 2010. Endo Pharmaceuticals, the maker of a variety of Oxycodone-based painkillers including Percocet, gave more than $1 million. Pfizer and Purdue donated between $100,000 and a half-million last year.
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