The Herald’s 6/26 editorial says “Studying ramifications of marijuana law worthwhile” ... might I suggest including “opioid law?”
The TIME 6/15 cover calls them “…the worst addiction crisis America has ever seen.” “Opioids are pain relievers with a chemical structure similar to heroin.” (Vicodin/Hydrocodone, Demerol/Meperidine, Methadone, Roxanol/Morphine, Percocet/OxyContin, Opinol/Oxymorphine, etc.)
Conflicts of interest, and influence peddling between the AMA, FDA, medical boards, colleges, medical insurance companies, health care organizations and pharmaceuticals mirror those of the SEC and Wall Street prior to the 2008 collapse.
In one town “abusers were shooting up as often as 20 times a day ... and that ... a family regularly passed one syringe among three generations,” and cases of HIV, and Hepatitis C soared. Nationwide, “heroin deaths have more than doubled since 2010,” and “4 of 5 heroin addicts say they came to the drug from prescription painkillers.”
In four years (2007-2011) “opioid prescriptions had tripled.” Opioid producers have “generously contributed” to the Federation of State Medical Boards, colleges, and other medical organizations. The division in the industry can best be seen when in 2013, “the FDA overruled its own safety advisory board, which had voted 11 to 2 against approval because of addiction concerns,” and passed "the" new drug anyway.
D. L. (Andy) Anderson