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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: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 19 2018, @03:43AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 19 2018, @03:43AM (#694826)

    That reminds me to try peyote one day.

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  • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Tuesday June 19 2018, @04:13AM (1 child)

    by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <> on Tuesday June 19 2018, @04:13AM (#694834) Homepage Journal

    But I really do want to find it the traditional way as described by The Peyote Hunt. An anthropologist went to live among the Huichol Indians in a Mexican desert.

    The experience he describes makes clear that for the Huichol it's much like what most Muslims experience but once in their entire lives: their pilgrimage to Mecca.

    For reasons I am unclear about, the Huichol live a hundred miles from where the peyote grows. They walk that hundred miles barefoot on the burning sand, stay for a few days, just one night being their peyote ritual, then they walk one hundred miles barefoot across the burning sand until they get home and resume their normal lives.

    Yes I Have No Bananas. []
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 19 2018, @02:24PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 19 2018, @02:24PM (#694998)

      It's a pity that mecca is a lie based on a lie. They travel for weeks to visit a rock that feel from the sky. Well sorry of. More like walk round it and point at it but still some get to touch it. So many lies.