DEA TRACKED EVERY OPIOID PILL SOLD IN THE US. THE DATA IS OUT—AND IT’S HORRIFIC | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

DEA TRACKED EVERY OPIOID PILL SOLD IN THE US. THE DATA IS OUT—AND IT’S HORRIFIC

SOURCE: ARSTECHNICA.COM

Between 2006 and 2012, opioid drug makers and distributors flooded the country with 76 billion pills of oxycodone and hydrocodone—highly addictive opioid pain medications that sparked the epidemic of abuse and overdoses that killed nearly 100,000 people in that time period.

As the epidemic surged over the seven-year period, so did the supply. The companies increased distribution from 8.4 billion in 2006 to 12.6 billion in 2012, a jump of roughly 50%. In all, the deluge of pills was enough to supply every adult and child in the country with around 36 opioid pills per year. Just a 10-day supply can hook 1 in 5 people into being long-term users, researchers have determined.

The stunning supply figures were first reported by the Washington Post and come from part of a database compiled by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracked the fate of every opioid pill sold in America, from manufacturers to individual pharmacies. A federal court in Ohio released the data this week as part of a massive consolidated court case against nearly two-dozen opioid makers and distributors, brought by nearly 2,000 cities, towns, and counties. The local governments allege that the opioid companies conspired to saturate the country with the potent painkillers to soak up billions in profits. The companies deny the allegations, arguing generally that they were serving the needs of patients.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The needs of the patients" did NOT include heavy addiction, over a short period of time, thank you very much.

There are alternatives to addiction, including meditation; diet; music; and more. Music calmed pre-op patients just as well as did drugs

I would hope for a future which combines the best,and vetted, alternative therapies with far lower doses of potentially addictive drugs, to keep people from getting addicted.

Unfortunately, these are alternatives which are not really supported by the medical/industrial complex at all, because it eats into drugs' profitability.

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Millions are now using Cannabis......

Ethan Allen and...

for their various pain issues. Legal Medical and recreational Cannabis is costing big pharma billions.

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