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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 frojack on Sunday September 20 2015, @09:24AM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge 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.