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posted by martyb on Monday June 18 2018, @03:39PM   Printer-friendly
from the addiction-sucks dept.

US needs to invest 'tens of billions or hundreds of billions' to fight opioid epidemic

The goal of an opioid is to reduce pain, but the addictive drugs are creating pain for millions of families suffering through the crisis. Deaths from opioid overdoses number at least 42,000 a year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control.

"This is an epidemic that's been getting worse over 10 to 20 years," Caleb Alexander, co-director of Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety, told CNBC's "On The Money" in a recent interview. "I think it's important that we have realistic expectations about the amount of work that it will take and the amount of coordination to turn this steamship around," Alexander added.

[...] Alexander added: "The statistics are stunning. More than 2.1 million Americans have an opioid use disorder or opioid addiction" and he says the country needs to "invest tens of billions or hundreds of billions of dollars" to shore up the treatment system. He said patients should be able to access medications that "we know work to help reduce the cravings for further opioids."

Don't mention the Portugal model!

Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Attorney General is suing members of the family that runs Purdue Pharma:

Their family name graces some of the nation's most prestigious bastions of culture and learning — the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum, the Sackler Lefcourt Center for Child Development in Manhattan and the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Columbia University, to name a few.

Now the Sackler name is front and center in a lawsuit accusing the family and the company they own and run, Purdue Pharma, of helping to fuel the deadly opioid crisis that has killed thousands of Americans. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey took the unusual step of naming eight members of the Sackler family this week in an 80-page complaint that accused Purdue Pharma of spinning a "web of illegal deceit" to boost profits.

While prosecutors in more than a dozen other states hit hard by the opioid epidemic have sued Purdue Pharma, Healey is the first to name individual Sackler family members, along with eight company executives.


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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18 2018, @04:20PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18 2018, @04:20PM (#694565)

    Why not free up more tax dollars by ending the war on (some) drugs? Iboga root, cannabis flower, and LSD-25 show promise in treatment for addiction. In fact, we can end the war on (some) drugs and make the addicts pay for it with sin taxes.

    But that's not really what this is about, is it?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18 2018, @04:23PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18 2018, @04:23PM (#694566)

    Why not both?

    • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18 2018, @04:38PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18 2018, @04:38PM (#694573)

      Well, I realize that my proposal to allow the free market to provide substances with known anti-addictive qualities carries the risk of a critical mass of the working class unable to find work for a living wage (or at all) organizing and demanding the status quo change. It's probably best to keep the excess labor pool locked up in cages.

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18 2018, @04:28PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18 2018, @04:28PM (#694568)

    I don't care if you discover magic unicorn poop that helps junkies. It doesn't matter. They can help themselves if they want to but they don't want help. Fuck them.

    • (Score: 1) by nitehawk214 on Monday June 18 2018, @06:48PM (1 child)

      by nitehawk214 (1304) on Monday June 18 2018, @06:48PM (#694638)

      Says someone that is probably an alcoholic.

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      "Don't you ever miss the days when you used to be nostalgic?" -Loiosh
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 19 2018, @05:59AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 19 2018, @05:59AM (#694850)

        What evidence of this do you have?