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posted by takyon on Sunday September 20 2015, @01:40AM   Printer-friendly
from the little-call-flood-for-big-pharma dept.

Addiction to heroin and other opiates is a growing problem in the USA, as Presidential hopefuls have learned from Q&A sessions with voters on the campaign trail (previous SN story here).

Tired of encountering dead bodies, the police department of Gloucester, MA (an old city with a large commercial fishing industry) decided to appeal for the public's help in a rather interesting way, via a department Facebook post:

Gotta go make some calls.....

Top 5 Pharmaceutical CEO Salaries:

5. Eli Lilly - John Lechleiter $14.48 million 317-276-2000

4. Abbott Labs - Miles D. White $17.7 million 847-937-6100

3. Merck - Kenneth C. Frazier
$25 million + cool private jet. 908-423-1000

2. Johnson & Johnson - Alex Gorsky $20.38 million 732-524-0400

1. Pfizer - Ian Read $23.3 million 212-573-2323

They're all on Forbes Top 100 CEO salaries as well.

In 2013 The Huffington Post reported that the 11 largest pharmaceutical companies made $711 BILLION in profits in the last decade while their CEO's made a combined $1.57 BILLION in the same period.

Now...don't get mad. Just politely ask them what they are doing to address the opioid epidemic in the United States and if they realize that the latest data shows almost 80% of addicted persons start with a legally prescribed drug that they make. They can definitely be part of the solution here and I believe they will be....might need a little push.

takyon: A newer Facebook post says that Pfizer is in contact with the Gloucester Police Department.

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  • (Score: 2) by Hairyfeet on Sunday September 20 2015, @06:47AM

    by Hairyfeet (75) <> on Sunday September 20 2015, @06:47AM (#238737) Journal

    Not to mention these self righteous pricks cause good people to really suffer. My grandmother died of cancer in agony because all the docs were afraid to prescribe meds that would work because they were afraid of being flagged by the feds. So I have to wonder how many of these people on illegal drugs are on them because they are in REAL PAIN and cannot get shit from a doctor for fear of getting flagged. I know it took my cousin nearly a decade to get put on morphine, and it took him being taken to a shrink because he was hollowing out a bullet to blow his brains out before a doctor took him seriously. He has arthritis in his spine, a scan showed his pain centers were lit up like a xmas tree, yet docs would only give him a Tylenol II and tell him to "learn to live with it".

    So everytime I see articles like this all I can think of is my grandmother suffering and hope they all DIAF, preferably after getting third degree burns and being refused pain meds.

    ACs are never seen so don't bother. Always ready to show SJWs for the racists they are.
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  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Sunday September 20 2015, @09:24AM

    by frojack (1554) on Sunday September 20 2015, @09:24AM (#238763) Journal

    Docs seem fairly quick to prescribe Oxy. Probably renewing a prescription is hard.
    I know this guy who had open heart surgery this summer and was prescribed a substantial amount of Oxy, but ended up using exactly 4 of them.

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    • (Score: 2) by Hairyfeet on Monday September 21 2015, @01:54AM

      by Hairyfeet (75) <> on Monday September 21 2015, @01:54AM (#239169) Journal

      Bet it was on the coasts, in the breadbasket and bible belt? You can get an arm ripped off and will be given Tylenol II. The feds in different districts seem to react VERY differently to the same actions, I know of at least 3 docs that have had to have serious fights with the feds to protect their licenses simply because they were taking care of people that were seriously fucked up.

      ACs are never seen so don't bother. Always ready to show SJWs for the racists they are.