The U.S. overdose epidemic is a complex, multi-layered conspiracy. Here is one piece of the puzzle.
There a number of causes to this problem, and while hardcore drug addiction may have complicated roots, there’s no denying that our society is absolutely flooded with many different types of opioid drugs. The market for legal and illegal opioids has become so huge that prescription pills and fake or hybrid pills are being mass-produced and shipped into the U.S. from places like China.
Furthermore, pharmaceutical makers have continued to develop stronger and stronger pain medications, and doctors are contributing by over-prescribing these drugs, but in a truly shocking case, several pharmaceutical executives have just been arrested for scheming to create addicts painkiller based on the strongest, most addictive, and most deadly synthetic opioid in the world today, fentanyl. So powerful, in fact, that many are calling it the ‘kill pill.’
“Fentanyl is an opioid. Its effect on the body is exactly like heroin, or any other opiate-based medication. But fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin, up to 100 times stronger than morphine. It is stronger than any prescription painkiller on the market.” [Source]
Earlier this month, federal prosecutors in the State of Massachusetts announced the arrest of six former pharmaceutical executives of Insys Therapeutics, Inc., manufacturer of a fentanyl based pain medication called ‘Subsys.’ Their nefarious scheme was a well-organized plot to have doctors overprescribe this medicine and ensure that pill shoppers were well-supplied.
According to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the defendants…
“…conspired to bribe practitioners in various states, many of whom operated pain clinics, in order to get them to prescribe a fentanyl-based pain medication.The medication, called “Subsys,” is a powerful narcotic intended to treat cancer patients suffering intense episodes of breakthrough pain.In exchange for bribes and kickbacks, the practitioners wrote large numbers of prescriptions for the patients, most of whom were not diagnosed with cancer”
Details of the conspiracy, as outlined in the indictment and paraphrased by Slate include the following allegations:
Remarkably, pharmaceutical medications have become the gateway to heroin use, not the other way around, and in particular, Fentanyl, and derivative drugs are especially dangerous. Few things are more nefarious and diabolical than plotting to turn members of your community and nation into addicts, knowing full well their lives will be ruined, their families destroyed, and that it could very well kill them. All for money.
“The surge in opioid deaths is one of the reasons that United States life expectancy declined in 2015 for the first time in 22 years. In that same year, Insys reported a profit of $58.5 million.” [Source]
The evidence is revealing that the nation’s overdose crisis is a complex, multi-layered conspiracy, and the arrest of these conspirators is but one more piece of the puzzle.
This article (Pharma Execs Arrested In Conspiracy To Create Opioid Addicts For Profit) by Isaac Davis originally appeared on Waking Times
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