Profiting off of America’s pain

Of the estimated 21.5 million Americans 12 and older with a substance abuse disorder in 2014, 1.9 million, have a disorder specific to opiate pain pills, and another 586,000 had a use problem involving heroin.  As a gross parody of old reefer madness scare tactics, opiate pills have become a  true “gateway” drug, as 80% of heroin users report that they started on prescription painkillers. Because of these staggering numbers, drug overdose has become the leading cause of accidental death in America, causing 47,055 deaths in 2014 of which 40.2% were related to opiates. In Kentucky, since the introduction of OxyContin in 1995 to 2001, there was a 500% increase in the number of patients entering methadone treatment, three-fourths of which were specifically OxyContin dependant. As the sales of opiates go up, so do the deaths, the overunnameddose death rate in 2008 was four times that of the rate in 1999, paralleling the four times increase of opiate sales from 1999 to 2010, painting an inexorable link between the sale of these drugs, and a rash of tragic overdose deaths across America. Continue reading

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School Spirit:  I don’t get out much. But I do have a cat which is, as we all know, the true currency of the internet. I woke him up while he was napping on my DU hockey jersey, he sounds cute, but he was mad.

School Spirit Retweet: I’m not going to lie, I really want to meet Felipe.

 

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