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Montana Latest State to Sue Purdue Pharma Over Making “False Claims” That Led To Opioid Crisis

Montana Latest State to Sue Purdue Pharma Over Making “False Claims” That Led To Opioid Crisis

Montana Latest State to Sue Purdue Pharma Over Making “False Claims” That Led To Opioid Crisis

Drug Addiction Now report here
https://www.drugaddictionnow.com/2017/12/06/montana-sue-big-pharma-company/

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Purdue Pharma is being sued by the State Of Montana. This is background information leading up to the lawsuit.

Background Information:
Purdue Phama LP and three of its top executives plead guilty in 2007 to federal criminal charges that they intentionally made “false claims” about the safety of OxyContin. You can read what the New York Times reported at this link.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/10/business/11drug-web.html

The top three executive, after pleading guilty to federal criminal charges received no jail time. According to this New York Times report they paid a find of $600 million as part of “plea agreements.” The link is below.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/21/business/21pharma.html

Canadian NEWS source CBC/Radio-Canada reported:
“The company’s president, chief lawyer and former chief medical officer also pleaded guilty to charges of misbranding — a crime of mislabeling(sic), fraudulently promoting or marketing a drug for an unapproved use.”

“With its OxyContin, Purdue unleashed a highly abusable, addictive and potentially dangerous drug on an unsuspecting and unknowing public,” U.S. Attorney John Brownlee said in a release.

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“With its OxyContin, Purdue
unleashed a highly abusable,
addictive and potentially
dangerous drug on
an unsuspecting and unknowing
public,” U.S. Attorney
John Brownlee said in a release.

CBC also repoted, The company promoted OxyContin as being less addictive and less likely to cause withdrawal symptoms than short-acting opioid painkillers because of OxyContin’s time-release formulation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not approve the claims.

Here is the CBC link.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/court-fines-oxycontin-maker-634m-us-1.636582

The above is a small part of the news articles available and are offered here so readers can understand the reasons over 40 states are filing law suits against the OxyContin Maker.

As stated above, The State of Montana is the latest to file a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma saying the company that is reported to earn $3 billion each year from OcyContin and has admitted the charges in federal court should be held responsible.

One of the best sources for information is here.
http://www.connecticutmag.com/health-and-science/oxycontin-was-born-in-connecticut-did-it-fuel-the-heroin/article_61409213-b2ca-508d-bdeb-9d7a8353a66c.html

It’s Americans deadliest drug and it’s still legal.

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Americans deadliest drug is legal and sold in every corner of the country

Legal drug use in the US is a massive business.
The 2 big legal drugs in the US are tobacco and alcohol. As a nation we are examining if we should legalize Thetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabis. Better know as pot or Marijuana or by about a hundred other slang names.

This blog post is not going to debate legalizing pot or the moral issues of drinking or smoking. Our concern is examining how using legal addictive drugs affect Americans and therefore how it affects American. Yes, pot is addictive, more on this later.

Which is worst alcohol or tobacco?
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. There are a couple of reasons it’s number one. First, 15.1% of all adults in the US smoke. That’s about 36.5 million smokers. 16 million smokers and non-smokers are currently suffering from a smoking-caused illness.

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Nicotine Addicts

Cigarette smoking, and tobacco use are an addiction.
Yes, cigarette smokers are nicotine addicts. Everyone knows someone who is a cigarette smoker, who has tried to stop smoking and has failed. Another way of saying this would be… cigarette smokers are nicotine junkies. Everyone knows someone who is a cigarette junkie, who made a choice to become a nicotine junkie who has tried to stop using and has relapsed.

We don’t normally talk that way about cigarette smokers, mainly because all of us know smokers on a personal level. We know the majority of smokers want to stop smoking; we know they have tried to stop smoking and we know so many of them have relapsed and continue to use nicotine.

But, are smokers really addicts?

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Nicotine addiction kills 1,200 people a day

Substance use disorder is often two disorders. The first is physical dependence and the second is addictive behavior.

Physical dependence to nicotine causes nicotine addicts to experience nicotine withdrawal. Nicotine withdrawal only last 24 to 36 hours, compared to opioid withdrawal, which can last 7 to 10 days. Substance abusers become physical dependent, which leads to withdrawal. Using the substance provides relief to the addict, aka substance user.

The second disorder is addictive behavior and this is where the problem really lies. Addictive behavior is an action that is both rewarded and reinforced. Desire and motivation to commit the action are caused because of the reward the action delivers. Think of the reward as positive reinforcement gone wrong.

The positive reinforcement causes the nicotine addict to experience triggers.

A trigger is an incident that starts the nicotine addict to crave engaging in the addictive behavior. For smokers it could be driving to work, taking a break at work, eating lunch. Considering a smoker will smoke 10 cigarettes (1 Pack) to 30 cigarettes (3 packs) a day, it is understandable that nicotine usage becomes a major part of the nicotine addict’s life. Everything can be a trigger. Which is why quitting is so hard. Smokers still drive to work, take breaks, and still have dinner. Smoking became a regular part of the users everyday life.

The smoker will need to relearn those behavior triggers.

When we understand the basic simplicity of an addiction being both physical dependence paired with addictive behavior we have a better understanding of why users struggle with quitting and staying smoke free for the rest of their lives.

Americas deadliest drug is legal, butt smokers can quit, and live longer healthier lives. People Recover.
The following are some websites used for this blog post and may help us to help people in nicotine addiction.

https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/problem/toll-us

https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/assets/factsheets/0072.pdf

https://smokefree.gov/challenges-when-quitting/cravings-triggers/know-your-smoking-triggers

https://smokefree.gov/challenges-when-quitting/cravings-triggers/how-manage-cravings

https://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/features/find-your-smoking-triggers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addictive_behavior

https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/addiction/compulsive-and-addictive-behaviors

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Cigarette Makers Admit We Made Cigarettes More Addictive and Yes They Kill People

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11 years ago

Eleven years ago a federal court ORDERED cigarette makers to start a public awareness campaign informing the public of the addictiveness of nicotine. Finally, on Saturday November 25, 2017 the warnings rolled out.

During that 11 year wait over 4.8 million Americans die from cigarette related issues.

Here is a call to action,

    Google the phrase, “cigarette makers news”

. Be sure to include the word news or you will only see website for cigarette making devices.

NPR headlines included, “Tobacco Companies Admit In Ads They Made Cigarettes More Addictive

USATODAY headline:Cigarette makers to publish new statements on health risks

ABCNEWS.go reported: Big Tobacco’s anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay

ABC.NET.AU:US tobacco companies forced to run ads admitting cigarettes are addictive and smoking kills

The New York Times: A Forced ‘Corrective’ on Cigarettes

The announcement tobacco companies are being forced to distribute will be seen 5 days a week for

    only one year

. That’s a total of 5X52 = 260 days.

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Nicotine addiction kills 1,200 people a day

Ruth Malone, of the University of California said, “Their legal strategy is always obstruct, delay, create confusion and buy more time. So by the time this was finally settled, newspapers have a much smaller readership, and nowadays, who watches network TV?”

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How should we respond to the death of Charles Manson?

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How do we respond?

How do we respond to the death of Charles Manson?

The rumors had started to leak out. Criminal and cult leader Charles Manson who was the leader of the so-called Manson Family had been moved from Corcoran State Prison in Kings County, California to a hospital in Bakersfield, California.

Because even convicted mass-murders have a right to privacy news reports have been slow to release information. But it was confirmed this morning by the California Department of Corrections. Charles Manson dead at 83

Manson was charged with murder and conspiracy. He was found guilty and sentenced to death on December 1971. But California abolished the death penalty for a brief time on April 1972. So Manson’s sentence became life in prison.

During Manson’s stay in jail he has been feed, clothed, cared for medically all at taxer payer’s expense. So, how should we have responded to the medical needs of this convicted mass murderer?

Manson’s legal problems and his medical needs were two separate issues. As a society we judge and punish crimes but we care for and treat medical needs.

Well, at least that’s the way we claim it works. The fact is many of us set in judgment of people we think we are superior too. Yes, Manson’s was found guilty and sentence to death in the criminal justice system. But, what about the medical care system?

In a medical setting, choosing who lives and dies, is above our pay grade. I’m not God and neither are you. As a society, we give aid and do our best to save lives, without judgment as to who is “worthy.”

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I’m not God and neither are you.

This past summer I joined advocates in Butler County, Ohio calling out the sheriff’s department for not allowing sheriff deputies to administer live saving aid to people overdosing from opioids. A few days later a 10 year old in Florida died from an opioid overdose. No one knows how he came in contact with the drug.

Deciding who is “worthy” of treatment, which medical issue should be treated and who should live or die is not our call.

“The only thing Narcan enables is breathing.” Law enforcement personnel, first responders, and even the average person can be trained to administer CPR, perform the Heimlich maneuver and spray Narcan up a persons nose. We can save lives. It is our duty to save those we can without judgment of who is worthy. Yes, even Manson someone who had other people murdered received medical treatment NOT because he was more worthy then someone else but because we are humane.

We treat those with a medical need because we are humane.

Regardless of the decisions a person has make, no matter how unworthy you judge them to be, no matter how superior you foolishly believe you are; we render what aid we can to those in need. Because of who we are.

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BREAKING NEWS: FDA ANNOUNCE FIRST DEVICE TO HELP REDUCE WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is permitting marketing of the first device to be used in helping to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, according to a press release.

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THE BRIDGE, The first FDA approved device to help reduce withdrawal symptoms

The Bridge Medical Device aka The Bridge is a small electrical nerve stimulator placed behind the patient’s ear. It looks a little like a hearing aid. In fact the average person would just assume it was a hearing aid.

The device sends electric pulses to stimulate nerves in the brain. These signals help provide relief from opioid withdraw symptom. The device can be used for five days, which is during the “acute physical withdrawal phase.”

Opioid withdrawal causes intense, violent physical withdrawal symptoms. They can include sweating, severe upset stomach, vomiting, a state of anxiety and agitation, insomnia, spasms, joint pain and more.

The severity of the withdraw symptom are measured on what is called a COWS score. COWS stands for Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale. In order to allow this device to start being marketed the FDA looks at evidence from studies using the COWS scores.

A COWS score can range from 0 to more then 36 – the higher the number the more severe the symptoms.

So what can this device do? The average person in opioid withdraw has a COWS score of over 20. The FDA studies showed that The Bridge reduced the score by over 30% within 30 minutes in 88% of patients. But many people have reduced the score to single digits.

WAIT, this is not a silver bullet. It is only part of a recovery plan.
A good plan of action will include: detox, perhaps Medically Assisted Treatment (MIT) and counseling.

Your plan could include: detox using The Bridge, MIT using Vivitrol and recovery counseling. Counseling MUST be included.

You can find the press release here.

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