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Trump strikes at the opioid epidemic- arguably one of his most important accomplishments
Flopping Aces ^ | 12-04-18 | DrJohn

Posted on 12/05/2018 11:17:14 AM PST by Starman417

Mac Miller was a rap artist of some notoriety

In 2010, he signed a record deal with Pittsburgh-based indie record label Rostrum Records. He subsequently began recording his debut studio album Blue Slide Park, and released it on November 8, 2011. The album went on to debut at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, making it the first independently distributed debut album to top the chart since Tha Dogg Pound's 1995 album, Dogg Food.

In early 2013, Miller launched REMember Music, his own record label imprint, named after a friend who died. Miller's second album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, was released on June 18, 2013. In January 2014, Miller announced he was no longer signed to Rostrum Records. In October 2014, it was reported Miller signed a record deal for him and his label REMember, with Warner Bros. Records. He also served as a record producer under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman, producing music for SZAVince StaplesLil BAb-SoulRiff RaffSmoke DZA, and himself.

Miller died on September 7, 2018 of cocaine and fentanyl overdose. He was 26 years old.

Unfortunately, he has a lot of company.

A class of synthetic drugs has replaced heroin in many major American drug markets, ushering in a more deadly phase of the opioid epidemic.

New numbers Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, a record. Overdose deaths are higher than deaths from H.I.V., car crashes or gun violence at their peaks. The data also show that the increased deaths correspond strongly with the use of synthetic opioids known as fentanyls.

Since 2013, the number of overdose deaths associated with fentanyls and similar drugs has grown to more than 28,000, from 3,000. Deaths involving fentanyls increased more than 45 percent in 2017 alone.

70,000 died of drug overdose in 2017. In contrast, there were approximately 15,000 gun deaths in 2017, exclusive of suicides.

It's so out of control that it is causing a reduction in US life expectancy.

The recent increases in drug overdose deaths have been so steep that they have contributed to reductions in the country’s life expectancy over the last three years, a pattern unprecedented since World War II. Life expectancy at birth has fallen by nearly four months, and drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for adults under 55.
Currently, Massachusetts has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the US.

Fentanyl is the poison driving the overdoes death rate increase. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times as strong as morphine. It is invaluable for pain control, especially in terminally ill patients. It allows them to function at a reasonable level as long as the doses are administered carefully and monitored. Sadly, most of it is not.

And it's coming from China via Mexico.

And this from Sacramento’s CBS affiliate:”The pill that killed Jerome Butler, the father of three, contained the potent pain reliever fentanyl. ‘It shut down his organs. It shut down his kidneys. It shut down his liver. His brain was swollen. The doctor said there was nothing he could do for him,’ Mrs. Butler said. ‘From one pill.’ Her son’s death was one of 10 in the Sacramento area in just 12 days that doctors have traced to heavy fentanyl-laced narcotics being sold as generic opioids on the streets.”

From the standpoint of the Mexican drug cartels and their Chinese suppliers, fentanyl is a new highly lucrative profit item to supplement the existing traffic in heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines. It doesn’t supplant them. In the first place, recently the White House had to report that Mexico is greatly increasing the acreage of its opium poppy production. By the end of this year, poppy production on President Obama’s watch will have tripled. During a 24 hour period in March, the U.S. Border Patrol intercepted over $2 million in illegal cocaine and methamphetamines coming across the Texas border from Mexico.

And the United States Postal Service.
As recently reported by STAT News9 and ABC News,10 Chinese drug sellers are exploiting the federal government’s inability to track and identify shipments of illicit drugs sent via international mail.

They’re simply shipping fentanyl to the U.S. via the U.S. Postal Service, as this is a “virtually guaranteed route to not get caught” — this despite a 375 percent increase in international mail seizures between 2016 and 2017. (Interception and seizure of domestic packages containing opioids increased by 880 percent.)

This is more urgent than gun control.

Bet you didn't know that Trump signed a law meant to close the USPS loophole for these illicit drugs:

President Trump this week signed into law a measure to overhaul the international mailing system in an effort to close a loophole that has led to the U.S. Postal Service becoming an unwitting courier for illicit drug manufacturers and contributing to the nation’s opioid crisis.

Many lawmakers and stakeholders have pushed the reform for years, which will require USPS to receive “advanced electronic data” on the contents of international packages before they reach the United States, but the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act only made its way to the president after it was included in a package (H.R. 6) of dozens of other measures aimed at tackling the opioid epidemic. Supporters of the measure were hopeful it would help stem the flow of illicit, synthetic opioids from foreign manufacturers through the mail system.

“The bill gives law enforcement the tools and resources they need to stop ultra-lethal—think of that word, ‘ultra-lethal,’ that’s a big statement—drugs, like fentanyl, from being trafficked throughout our mail,” Trump said at the White House on Wednesday.

Not surprisingly, little network press attention was given to another important recent event.

(Excerpt) Read more at Floppingaces.net...


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: clickbait; fentanyl; opiod; opioids; trump

1 posted on 12/05/2018 11:17:14 AM PST by Starman417
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To: Starman417
"Trump strikes at the opioid epidemic- arguably one of his most important accomplishments."

Trump started the opioid epidemic?

Bad, bad headline writing, it is.

2 posted on 12/05/2018 11:21:39 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: carriage_hill

This guy smart makes me look.


3 posted on 12/05/2018 11:23:44 AM PST by Leep (we need a Trump like leader for President 2024!)
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To: Leep

Keep looking.


4 posted on 12/05/2018 12:02:33 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (The denial of the authority of God is the central plank of the Progressive movement.)
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To: Starman417

It will just be “Made in the USA” by Chinese chemistry “students”.


5 posted on 12/05/2018 12:31:29 PM PST by Brian Griffin
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Well this war on Opioids is just plain stupid as the people who need them now have to jump through all kinds of hoops. I recently had to pick up my wife’s pain meds due to her having surgery so took the script to Wal Mart and they refused to fill it for the count that was being prescribed! On top of that they demanded to see my license, pulled me into a side room and questioned me as to how I had the script and pretty much reading me the riot act...even vaguely threatened to call the Police...I had the paperwork of her surgery release in my hand. I explained to the Pharmacist I did not care if some dope head abused a legal drug and if they wanted to kill themselves it was fine by me...Finally after 30 min of bickering I got the prescription...


6 posted on 12/05/2018 1:50:12 PM PST by dpetty121263
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To: Starman417

BIGGEST FRAUD THERE IS.

Doctors Call for Urgent Review of Opioid Tapering Policy

https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2018/12/4/joint-letter-calls-for-urgent-review-of-opioid-tapering-policies?fbclid=IwAR3Wq2Mh2f83obsIatdDwo9dAYx49khDJiabow_8OE7Lyv89hPrFTOpNEl8


7 posted on 12/05/2018 1:57:55 PM PST by GailA (Wife of RET. SCPO, GET OVER IT, DONALD TRUMP IS PRESIDENT!)
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To: dpetty121263

BOYCOTT THE BIG CHAIN PHARMACIES CVS, WALGREEN’S AND WALMART THEY ARE ALL DOING THE SAME THING.


8 posted on 12/05/2018 2:00:07 PM PST by GailA (Wife of RET. SCPO, GET OVER IT, DONALD TRUMP IS PRESIDENT!)
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To: Starman417

one shot monthly/one implantation semi-annually treatments:

http://www.methadonecenters.com/exciting-new-opiate-addiction-treatment-trends/


9 posted on 12/05/2018 2:06:38 PM PST by Brian Griffin
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To: GailA
THEY ARE ALL DOING THE SAME THING.

If they are posting in ALL CAPS then they should be locked up!

10 posted on 12/05/2018 2:09:10 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: dpetty121263


I explained to the Pharmacist I did not care if some dope head abused a legal drug and if they wanted to kill themselves it was fine by me..

we used to call it thinning the herd.


11 posted on 12/05/2018 3:52:27 PM PST by 867V309 (Lock Her Up)
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To: Starman417

Laudanum. Off the shelf. For generations. No apocalypse.


12 posted on 12/05/2018 5:58:04 PM PST by Psalm 144 (2016 Election Tampering: a weasel borne plague originating in the UK.)
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To: GailA

The Bleeding Edge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbq-bnuGSbI


13 posted on 12/06/2018 6:15:27 AM PST by GailA (Wife of RET. SCPO, GET OVER IT, DONALD TRUMP IS PRESIDENT!)
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