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  • Amid Opioid Crisis at Home, U.S. Blows $50 Million on Leery Afghan Drug Treatment Programs

    07/25/2019 8:26:04 AM PDT · by OfficialJudicialWatch · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 24, 2019
    In the midst of an opioid epidemic in the United States, the government has blown tens of millions of dollars to treat drug addiction in Afghanistan and has no clue if the programs are working. Since 2002 American taxpayers have doled out an eye-popping $9 billion to counter drug production in the Islamic nation, the world’s top opium producer. The money largely flows through the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). As part of the broader effort, Uncle Sam spent $50.5 million on dozens of drug treatment programs between 2013 and 2018. The treatment projects...
  • First lady Melania Trump in West Virginia for opioid talk

    07/09/2019 10:54:20 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 8, 2019
    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — First lady Melania Trump visited West Virginia on Monday to learn how a city at the center of the nation’s opioid epidemic is grappling with the crisis. She met with federal, state and local officials in Huntington and heard how the area’s police, schools and health care centers are trying to fight the opioid scourge. “I am here to give you my support,” Trump told participants in the roundtable discussion. West Virginia has the country’s highest fatal opioid overdose rate and has struggled, like many other states, to confront the many aspects of the problem. Huntington...
  • John Delaney wants pharma companies responsible for opioid crisis to go out of business

    07/02/2019 5:53:27 AM PDT · by Steve1999 · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07-02-19 | Kimberley Leonard
    Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney believes that pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid crisis should be fined out of business and plans to push for such an outcome if elected to the White House. Delaney, a former Maryland congressman told the Washington Examiner that companies who knew how addictive opioids were and continued to push them anyway should face fines and criminal charges.
  • At trial, Oklahoma says Johnson & Johnson's 'greed' fuelled U.S. opioid crisis

    05/28/2019 9:29:14 AM PDT · by McQ444 · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | 28-05-19 | Ben Fenwick
    NORMAN, Okla. (Reuters) - Oklahoma’s attorney general on Tuesday argued at the start of the first trial in lawsuits around the United States over the opioid epidemic that “greed” by Johnson & Johnson helped fuel the drug crisis.Attorney General Mike Hunter made the claim in his opening statement in a state court in Norman, Oklahoma, at the start of the first trial to result from around 2,000 similar lawsuits against opioid manufacturers nationally.
  • Officials warn of new drug 100 times more potent than fentanyl

    04/18/2019 12:31:58 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | April 16, 2019 | CBS News
    Officials in San Diego County have issued an alert after three people have suffered documented fatal overdoses from a new form of the drug fentanyl know as carfentanil. It would only take 2 mg of the drug to cause a deadly overdose meanwhile it would only take .02 mg of carfentanil to have the same fatal results, CBS Sacramento reported. Langdon Fielding is an emergency veterinarian at Loomis Basin Equine. He said he uses fentanyl on horses for pain relief. "Basically it's super strong morphine-like a really strong drug to control pain," said Fielding. Carfentanil is similar to fentanyl but...
  • Blaming Prescription Pain Pills For The Opioid Epidemic Is Fake News

    03/27/2019 10:55:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 03/27/2019 | Peter Pischke
    Angela Kennecke is a popular reporter for a television news station in my hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Each weeknight, Kennecke is at the anchor desk for KELO, a CBS affiliate, and has been there as long as I can remember. For many people in the “Sioux Empire,” Kennecke’s work on television is a normal part of the day, and they can count on her to tell them how it is.But Kennecke’s objectivity was shaken in May 2018, when her 21-year-old daughter, Emily, was found dead after overdosing on heroin that had been laced with the opioid fentanyl....
  • Filing: OxyContin maker forecast ‘blizzard of prescriptions’

    01/16/2019 2:45:22 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 53 replies
    AP ^ | January 16, 2019 | Geoff Mulvihill
    A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition,” according to court documents filed Tuesday. “The launch of OxyContin Tablets will be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition. The prescription blizzard will be so deep, dense, and white,” he said, according to the documents.
  • The Cause of Our Opioid and Mental Health Crisis Is Obvious, but We Can't Mention It

    12/06/2018 8:19:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/06/2018 | Avner Zarmi
    It’s an old episode of The Twilight Zone: A woman sits in a hospital with her head heavily bandaged. A surgeon is warning her that this is his last attempt and that if this procedure of plastic surgery doesn’t take, there’s nothing else he can do. So far, we haven’t seen any of the faces of the other people. The surgeon begins to remove the bandages, and when he is done, he expresses shock: No change! The camera shows us a normal, indeed beautiful young woman, then pans to show us that everybody else is grotesquely misshapen. The young woman...
  • Repost by Permission: US Federal Witness Due To Testify Against Hillary Clinton Killed (Tr)

    07/08/2018 8:18:49 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 92 replies ^ | July 8, 2018 | Sorcha Faal
    FULL TITLE - Repost by Permission: US Federal Witness Due To Testify Against Hillary Clinton For Drug Crimes Killed In Massive Explosion A highly disturbing new Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today says that a US federal government witness who was due to testify this coming week before a grand jury in the expanding FBI probe into Hillary Clinton and her Clinton Foundation was violently killed, along with her husband, in a massive explosion that completely obliterated her New Jersey home—and whose expected testimony centered on a notorious American-based pharmaceutical company who gave money to the...
  • Feds charge 601 people in health care fraud, opioid crackdown

    06/29/2018 4:46:08 AM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 17 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | June 28, 2018 | Linda Trischitta
    Federal authorities have charged 601 people across the country, including 124 in South Florida, in what they called the largest crackdown in history on health care fraud. South Florida retains its notorious ranking of two decades as a leading region for such cases. Prosecutors in the Southern District of Florida filed charges against 20 percent of the total defendants announced and said they were responsible for $337 million in false billings. “The numbers are really staggering,” Benjamin Greenberg, U.S. attorney for the southern district of Florida said Thursday at a Miami press conference. Nationwide, various schemes involved $2 billion in...
  • Mussels test positive for opioids in Seattle's Puget Sound

    05/25/2018 1:04:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    BBC ^ | 05/25/2018 | Staff
    Scientists at the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife have found that mussels in Seattle's waters are testing positive for opioids. The finding suggests "a lot of people" are taking oxycodone in the Puget Sound, researchers say. Scientists used mussels as a way to test pollution in Seattle's waters and discovered high enough oxycodone levels for the shellfish to test positive. Mussels do not metabolise opioids, but some fish can become addicted. Mussels are filter-feeders, which means they filter water for nutrients to nourish themselves. In the process, they end up storing pollutants in their tissues, which makes them...
  • Melania Trump Visits ‘Prescribed to Death’ Memorial to Honor Opioid Victims (Photos)

    04/17/2018 5:49:45 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/16/2018 | John Binder
    First Lady Melania Trump visited the “Prescribed to Death” memorial this week for Americans who have died in the opioid crisis. Mrs. Trump kept her ensemble colorful in a pale pink Max Mara coat, similar to a Jil Sander coat she has previously worn, and a yellow-green dress that perfectly matched a pair of yellow-green, suede Christian Louboutins. The chilly Spring has kept Mrs. Trump in a series of suits, coats, and pants, though she has celebrated the season in bright colors. Mrs. Trump wore a similar color palette last month in a coral Emilio Pucci suit and yellow sweater....
  • Monday Moanin’ - Gotta’ Nuke Something!

    03/19/2018 7:54:04 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 3-19-18 | MOTUS
    I understand that some Congressmen (by that I mean men and women, I’m unaware of any other “genders” currently serving but if there are, it includes them too) are offering jobs to Andrew McCabe in order to allow him to earn his federal pension. Would have been nice if they’d been similarly concerned about ordinary Americans who lost their jobs, and pensions, during the 8 year Obama occupation.I wish they’d just get back to tending to Global Warming, so the Rothschilds don’t end up running the world – and the weather.But what’s really not what’s bothering me today; number one...
  • America's War on Pain Pills Is Killing Addicts and Leaving Patients in Agony

    03/15/2018 3:05:45 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 52 replies
    Reason ^ | 03/15/2018 | Jacob Sullum
    ---SNIP--- Like other patients across the country, Craig is a victim of the recent crackdown on prescription opioids, which is based on a narrative that mistakenly blames pain treatment for a plague of addiction and death. Most Americans believe we are in the midst of an "opioid crisis" that began in the 1990s with the introduction of OxyContin. According to the generally accepted account, deceptive marketing encouraged reckless prescribing, which led to widespread addiction among patients and record numbers of opioid-related fatalities—a situation President Donald Trump has declared a public health emergency. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who chaired...
  • Unclaimed bodies pile up as opioid overdose death rates soar and burial costs overwhelm the ...

    02/28/2018 10:39:27 AM PST · by Morgana · 67 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Feb 28, 2018 | Megan Sheets For and Associated Press
    FULL TITLE: Unclaimed bodies pile up as opioid overdose death rates soar and burial costs overwhelm the government Unclaimed bodies are piling up across the US as state and local governments struggle to keep up with payments to the funeral homes that spend thousands to bury them. A 2004 report estimated that there are 40,000 unclaimed bodies stored in morgues across the US, and experts say that number has risen dramatically in recent years in part due to the opioid crisis. More than 115 people die from opioid overdoses each day, and the most affected populations are those in lower...
  • Eric Bolling Shares Heartwarming Story About President Trump Calling Him About His Son

    02/23/2018 4:58:29 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies ^ | Justin Caruso
    Bolling explained. “We were going to sit down for the Thanksgiving dinner. There was an empty chair.” “We are walking over to the table and the phone rang. It was President Trump who said, Eric, no one should have to lose a child and we are thinking of you. Very, very important that he did that” “He has been great,” Bolling added. “He showed empathy and compassion, so I used it as an opportunity to say, Mr. President, can I come talk to you about this? And I have. I’ve gone to the White House a couple of times.”
  • Food stamp fraud and the opioid epidemic: More reasons to go to food boxes

    02/16/2018 8:16:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/16/2018 | Monica Showalter
    A couple years ago, someone who stole $3.5 million from the government food stamps program was sentenced year in jail. WORCESTER – A federal judge Monday sentenced a local woman to a year in jail and ordered her to forfeit $3.5 million and pay restitution in what lawyers said was the largest food stamp fraud case in Massachusetts history. Vida Ofori Causey, 46, owner of J&W Aseda Plaza at 753 Main St., pleaded guilty in December to charges of conspiracy to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits fraud, SNAP fraud, and money laundering in a $3.6 million cash-for-benefits scheme. The...
  • Woman expecting yoga mat, gets $400,000 in illegal drugs in mail instead

    10/03/2017 4:52:28 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 16 replies
    WSOC TV ^ | 10/2/2017 | Greg Suskin
    ROCK HILL, S.C. - A Rock Hill woman walked up to meet her mail carrier thinking the yoga mat she ordered from Walmart had arrived. Instead, the postal worker handed her a heavy box, and a bag of pills, that had spilled from it. In all, there were more than 20,000 oxycodone pills, worth roughly $400,000. The woman who received the package lives in a neighborhood off Ebinport Road. She didn't want to go on camera, but told Channel 9 there were so many pills, they were spilling from the packaging. She immediately called police. York County drug agents gave...
  • Medicaid, ObamaCare Driving Opioid Epidemic: Senate Report

    01/26/2018 2:09:48 PM PST · by Sopater · 13 replies
    New American ^ | Friday, 26 January 2018 | Michael Tennant
    One of the biggest drivers of America’s opioid epidemic is Medicaid, and ObamaCare’s expansion of the program has only made matters worse, claims a new report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, drug overdoses were the leading cause of accidental death in the United States in 2016, accounting for almost 64,000 deaths. Adjusting for age, the rate of drug-overdose deaths more than tripled between 1999 and 2016. Abuse of opioids such as oxycodone is one of the primary reasons for this increase.How does Medicaid play into this? For its...
  • Remarks by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence (trunc)

    01/12/2018 1:20:15 AM PST · by ransomnote · 6 replies ^ | 1/10/2018 |
    Full Title: Remarks by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and Bipartisan Members of Congress at Signing of H.R. 2142, INTERDICT Act Oval Office 5:22 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. This is very important to all of us gathered here. We’re pleased to be joined by many of the members of Congress as we take an important step to halt the flood of deadly drugs that are pouring into our country like never before. It took place two, three, four years ago. It’s at a level that people haven’t seen over the last few...