To really understand his fall, you have to look back at where he was 14 years ago. The major debate in the sport’s world at the time of the 1998 NFL draft was, Ryan Leaf or Payton Manning. Who would the Colts take with their number one draft pick? Over and over the debate raged, and it seemed like a toss up of whom would go first. It ended up being Payton Manning, who would go on to be possibly the greatest quarterback of…
It’s been a year since law enforcement agencies in Florida began to crack down on “pill mills” that were responsible for the widespread distribution of prescription painkillers like oxycodone (marketed under the names OxyContin, Roxicodone and Oxyfast). This week, Governor Scott is calling the efforts of regional law enforcement teams a success, with 213 pill mill clinics shut down in the past year. The Governor also stated that nearly half a million pills were taken off the streets and more than 2000 drug-related arrests were made.
Despite this impressive arrest record, Florida still appears to have more work to do in ridding itself of its prescription drug problem. The number of statewide deaths from prescription drugs dropped only 8 percent between 2010 and 2011. Prescription drugs still kill more people than illegal drugs in the state. Florida Attorney General …
At the root of the Prescription Drug Abuse epidemic is the reckless prescription of the drugs themselves.
A couple of shocking statistics that we have shared here but bear repeating:
- Purdue Pharmaceuticals revenue for OxyContin alone in 2010 was: $ 3,084,262,027.00
- Number of prescriptions written for Hydrocodone (Vicodin) in the U.S in 2010 was: 106,777,390
- “According to recent estimates, Florida prescribes ten times more oxycodone pills than all other states combined. ” (U.S. Attorney Wifredo A .Ferrer stated recently)
- The United States makes up only 4.6 percent of the world’s population, but consumes 80 percent of its opioids — and 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone (the opiate that is in Vicodin)
- 1 in 5 U.S. adults taking meds for Psychological Disorders
It’s no wonder that practices like the above have led to rampant prescription drug abuse in the United …
We haven’t given proper coverage to the powerful website/advocacy group that was started by the bereaved family of Seth Norcutt.
Seth’s story is a ‘must read’ because it is written in a very compelling and moving manner – go straight to that page here. Seth was like many of those that contact us, he struggled with addiction after experimenting recreationally and getting hooked. Seth was from the San Diego, California area.
Seth ended up dying of a heroin overdose, but as it says in the story:
Seth first started with simple over-the-counter medications like soma and vicodin and progressed to oxycontin. Why not, at $5 a pill, and readily available at school and from his friends, they were easy. No mess, nothing to hide, and the “Narc’s” at school would never know. That was less than two
The abuse of prescription drugs in America is now at a level that can easily be called epidemic: each month, more than 7 million Americans are using in a non-medical context.
California is also seeing the effects of this startling increase in painkiller abuse; not just through the actions of the addicts, but the criminals who supply them. In this case, two doctors, among others, are at fault, resulting in untold costs to taxpayers.
In October 2011, authorities discovered an illegal operation involving OxyContin and Medicare fraud, which led to the arrest of 10 people, of which two were physicians.
This OxyContin ring, centered in a Westlake medical facility, involved doctors that wrote unnecessary prescriptions out to the names of Medi-Cal and Medicare patients, some of whom were victims of identity theft. The public insurance associations then footed the …
Good footage from AlJazeera from Kabul about Afghani smugglers.
If you don’t understand the connection to an American pharmaceutical company, it is briefly like so:
– OxyContin is a narcotic painkiller that is incredibly addictive
– Street value of an OxyContin pill is over $50
– Users of OxyContin (or other opioids) who become addicted experience incredibly painful emotional and physical withdrawals without the drug
– Street value of a hit of heroin is $5-$10 and produces the same effect as OxyContin
I am sure you can piece together the rest of the puzzle as to why Purdue Pharmas billion dollar drug that is basically “legal heroin” has fueled a global trade that also funds Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.…
A Southern California doctor who had earned the nickname “Dr. Feelgood” for prescribing large quantities of prescription drugs has been charged with murder for the overdose deaths of three patients. Lisa (Hsiu-Ying) Tseng was taken into custody at her office located in a Rowland Heights strip mall and led away in handcuffs. She will be arraigned in Los Angeles County Superior Court and is being held on $3 million bail. If convicted, Dr. Tseng could be sentenced to a state prison term of 45 years to life.
According to authorities, Tseng wrote prescriptions for narcotic painkillers including OxyContin and Vicodin and other potent drugs like Xanax and Adderall at a rate of about 25 per day for the past three years. This amounted to more than 27,000 prescriptions. Her patients were asked a minimum number of questions and were not …
Drug treatment officials in San Diego County recently reported that the use of heroin by young adults has more than tripled since 2006. According to Susan Bower, director of San Diego County Alcohol and Drug Services, the increase in heroin use is “scary.” Admissions for heroin addiction now account for nearly one in five of all treatment admissions at facilities operated by the county.Many of the addicts seeking treatment have been identified as young men who are switching to heroin as a cheaper alternative to OxyContin. The black market demand for OxyContin has caused the price to rise to as much as $80 for an 80mg tablet, making heroin an cheaper alternative for addicts despite its deadly reputation. This is the first time in several decades that heroin abuse and addiction has become an issue in San Diego…
The exact cause of Whitney Houston’s death is still under investigation, but her long history of drug abuse indicates that she may be another celebrity whose privileged life was cut short by addiction. Based on the contents of her hotel room, authorities are already speculating that prescription drug abuse may have played a role in her death. In just the past few years, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy and Anna Nicole Smith lost their lives to prescription drug overdoses. Over the decades, other iconic stars including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland died prematurely because of prescription drug abuse.
Tabloid newspapers and website are kept busy these days by the high number of celebrities struggling with prescription drug abuse while reality shows like “Celebrity Rehab” chronicle their recovery. One unfortunate side effect of the focus on celebrity drug …
Our site has become a bit of a “watchdog” site, but we We are not nearly as anti Pharma as you might think.
We believe that the pharmaceutical industry is driven by researchers, doctors, and scientists who are dedicated to saving lives and increasing the quality of life.
Still, there is a dark side to the equation, which is highlighted in this video called “Confessions of a Pharma Rep.” This woman who is a veteran of the pharmaceutical industry talks about some really poor practices through which the pharma industry has earned a bad reputation for.