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While her heart was breaking she never told her friends the truth

While her heart was breaking she never told her friends the truth

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While her heart was breaking…

“Someone you know by name,
someone you call a friend,
their heart is breaking
because a loved one is trapped
in addiction. They really want
to ask you to pray for them.
But they are afraid of
how you will judge them.”
– Ron Calhoun

She had driven 150 miles to attend the awareness rally. It was the Saturday before Mother’s Day and it would be her first Mother’s Day without her son.

She told the crowd how her son had become addicted, how he had broken the news of his drug use to her and about all the times she had tried to help find treatment for her only child.

She explained that her friends and the people at church found out about his addiction as they learned of his funeral.

While her heart was breaking she never told her friends the truth

A few years later I was speaking at a church meeting, several people came up to me to talk about my work as an advocate for those in addiction. One concerned lady asked me about “those people.” So I told her, “Understand, someone you know by name, someone you call a friend, their heart is breaking because a child or other loved one is trapped in addiction. They really want to ask you to pray for them. But they are afraid of how you will judge them.”

With genuine compassion on her face, she tilted her head and started thinking then thoughtfully said, “No. I don’t think so.”

I didn’t tell her I was having lunch the next day with one of her friends whose daughter had been addicted to opioids for 10 years. It wasn’t until the next year when her friend’s daughter had died of an overdose that she learned the sad truth. Yes, someone you know is living this nightmare every day and they have no one to talk to about it, no one to cry with and no one to pray with them.

Heroin Doesn’t Care so we have to.

CALL TO ACTION: Speak softly, listen with your heart.

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STOP Using Stigma Images: A Call To Action For The Media

We need new visual images.

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STOP Using Stigma Images:
A Call To Action For The Media

When you watch or read news about the opioid crisis the most used visual images are needles, spoons, lighters, white power, pills and so on.

ALL of those items are triggers and add to the stigma of opioid addiction.

Call to Action: We need to come up with new non-trigger, non-stigma visual images the media can use when reporting on the opioid crisis.

Images are powerful. They can soften the heart or poison the mind.

Not too long ago racial images were standard in everything from children’s books, movies and print media. This took time to change and part of the change happened because opinion were also changing. But all of this happened because old opinion and beliefs were challenged.

We need to come up with images that we and the media can use that are not triggers and don’t add to sigma of addiction.

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It is killing people, keeping them in addiction and you can go to jail

Body brokering is killing people, it is keeping people in addiction and it is against the law.

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It is killing people, keeping them in addiction and you can go to jail

Body Brokers may thing the are helping people, buy they are making things worst.

Here is a link to an article from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. I claim no copyright or ownership.

https://drugfree.org/parent-blog/my-son-is-a-victim-of-a-broken-addiction-treatment-system/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=PARENT&utm_campaign=patient-brokering#more

Even with the best of intentions body brokers are part of cruel, illegal operation.

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To CBS NEWS and The Washington Post, from the depths of our heart we say, “thank you.”

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THANK YOU

To CBS NEWS and The Washington Post, from the depths of our heart we say, “thank you.”

In September 2017 the president nominated Tom Marino to be America’s new drug czar. On Sunday October 15, CBS NEWS reported that Marino had been the “chief architect: behind a bill that “protected drug companies and their distributors and “crippled the DEA’s ability to combat the U. S. opioid crisis. On Tuesday October 17, Tom Marino withdrew his name from being considered for drug czar; only days before the final vote.

The Washington Post and the CBS NEWS program 60 Minutes report that Marino “was the chief advocate of the 2016 bill that hobbled the ability of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to combat the opioid epidemic.”

“Hobbled” meaning to injure or cripple, to make lame.

This was a major news story dealing with the cause of the current opioid crisis.

But, the story isn’t over yet…

On Sunday December 17, 2017, 60 Minutes and The Washington Post reported another joint investigation looking into the crippled DEA’s response. Reporting on investigators who had “hit a brick wall in Washington.”

In brief, 60 Minutes and The Washington Post reported that the DEA built, “a powerful case against McKesson.”

The leader of the DEA team was David Schiller. But after Schiller built “a powerful case” he hit a brick wall in Washington.

HeroinDoesntCare.org DEA Drug Enforcement Administration

“This is the best case we’ve
ever had against a
major (DRUG) distributor
in the history of the
Drug Enforcement Administration.”

How powerful was the case against McKesson? Here is what Schiller said, “This is the best case we’ve ever had against a major distributor in the history of the Drug Enforcement Administration. How do we not go after the number one organization? In the height of the epidemic, when people are dying everywhere, doesn’t somebody have to be held accountable? McKesson needs to be held accountable.”

In 2008, McKesson was fined $13.3 million because they failed to report “shady internet pharmacies.” Afterwards McKesson agreed to do a better job keeping track of shipments.

But in 2014 Schiller and his team had the proof that this time McKesson was supplying pharmacies and doctors that were fronts for criminal drug rings and pill mills.

What happened next…
Here is a link to the CBS NEW 60 Minutes website. Please go and watch the program. The video is only about 15 minutes long. It will make you ill, than make you angry.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/whistleblowers-dea-attorneys-went-easy-on-mckesson-the-countrys-largest-drug-distributor/

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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

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.

HeroinDoesntCare.org OxyContin Purdue

“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