An American city is suing the maker of OxyContin for its alleged role in fueling the national opioid epidemic:
After spending millions to combat the opioid epidemic ravaging its citizens, the working-class city of Everett, Washington, is taking the maker of opioid painkiller OxyContin to federal court. The city claims that the drug maker, Purdue Pharma, knowingly sold to black markets out of pure greed, enabling the devastating epidemic hitting Everett and the rest of the country.
According to the lawsuit (PDF) filed in federal court in Seattle, Everett accuses Purdue Pharma of "knowingly, recklessly, and/or negligently supplying OxyContin to obviously suspicious physicians and pharmacies and enabling the illegal diversion of OxyContin into the black market, including to drug rings, pill mills, and other dealers for dispersal of the highly addictive pills in Everett." Purdue's goal, Everett alleges, was to "generate enormous profits" at the expense of the people of Everett. [...] "Our community has been significantly damaged, and we need to be made whole," Everett's mayor, Ray Stephanson, told ABC News.
[...] In a statement, Purdue disputed Everett's claims, saying that it did notify the DEA and acted responsibly. "We look forward to presenting the facts in court," the company said. Purdue also said that its opioids now account for less than two percent of US opioid prescriptions.
(Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 16 2017, @08:29PM (2 children)
The thing is once you go down the pill route mary jane does not work as well. Someone going through withdrawals will try it but it will not work. The other way around? Maybe. I am of the opinion it should be rescheduled because of its relatively harmless nature. But it needs better study before we claim it as the cure all it is being sold as. Unfortunately the BS on both sides makes it hard to say. Once side using fear the other side using word of mouth evidence. Proper studies are starting to happen but it will take time.
Heroin on the street is cheaper than an Oxy. Once you have the monkey on your back you will do anything. Heroin fixes the sickness and is about half the price but can in some instances be harder to get. Oxys are pretty hard to get a hold of as you usually have to be pretty messed up to get them. Then you usually are not going to sell them as you are usually hooked yourself. Vicodins though are dead easy to get a hold of usually. Think of the worst flu you have ever had. Now think of doing that every 6 hours if you dont get anything and mindblowing muscle cramps for extra fun. Suboxon and methadone are two of the known ways to taper out and not feel like hell. But they do not fix the addict mentality which is a whole different animal. In many ways they are very addictive too.
Dealers also use MJ as a 'gateway' to up sell you to get more fucked up. Once you cross that threshold you are more likely to become an addict. Not all people fall into it. But many do.
(Score: 3, Insightful) by kurenai.tsubasa on Thursday March 16 2017, @08:37PM
Yeah, weed is totally responsible for the opioid epidemic! Hooray for gateway drug theory! And let's just keep it schedule 1 so those studies can never happen. AND let's THROW OUT the fucking studies that have ALREADY BEEN DONE. Fuck you.
(Score: 4, Insightful) by Immerman on Friday March 17 2017, @04:59AM
>Dealers also use MJ as a 'gateway' to up sell you to get more fucked up
Dealers would use chocolate and ice cream as "gateway drugs" if they were illegal.
The "gateway" problem has nothing to do with marijuana itself - the vast majority of users never move to anything more dangerous. The problem is that since it's maximally illegal, getting it often involves dealing with the sort of criminal scum who are happily selling much more profitable and dangerous drugs too, and are more than happy to take advantage of your drug-addled state to get you hooked on something more profitable.
Well, that and the fact that the anti-marijuana campaigns are all pretty much pure bullshit, and once someone (especially a teenager) realizes that, it's easy for them to assume that the warnings against heroin, PCP, and other truly dangerous drugs are equally fabricated.