From the week of August 10 – Robin Williams and the False Hope of Treatment

I am writing this with great sadness and, unfortunately, some anger.  From the multitude of tributes from friends and family, Robin Williams was as warm personally as he was to the millions who knew him through his work and personal appearances.  Along with the millions of people Williams touched in his life, I am mourning our loss this morning.

It has been widely reported that Williams suffered from “addiction” for many years.  He was in a “treatment facility” recently.

This is where my anger starts today.  I am tired of reading about people who have gone to treatment facilities a number of times only to die a short time later.  Treatment facilities have a horrendous failure rate and comfortably charge thousands of dollars for a short stay.  The money train of drugs has shifted to an outcry for more money and “treatment”.

Like the farce of “pain management”, the promises of “treatment” has to begin to be scrutinized.

Although progress has been made, Pharma continues to generate death and destruction from addictive and dangerous legally authorized drugs with the FDA’s blessing.  Few doctors today have the audacious fortitude to classify themselves as pain management doctors.  The quackery of opioids for chronic pain has been revealed.  People knowing they will face dramatic withdrawal or have not been motivated to finding alternative therapies remain the vocal disciples for the legal drug mavens.

A new dawn of realization needs to begin concerning treatment promises.  It has been reported that Williams problem was alcohol and depression.  I am assuming we will never know if he was given psychotropic’s during and after his last treatment visit.  But, the fact remains, his last treatment visit was a total failure.

As people are getting ready to march in Washington under the false cloud the sponsoring treatment facilities have helped create with an upcoming rally  http://feduprally.org/  and an organization called NOPE creates vigils requesting “corporate sponsorship”, the false hopes of a defunct treatment model in this country are proselytized.

Addiction and depression are created from deep psychological issues.  For some people an epiphany is created during their darkest moment and for others they suffer endlessly.  Former addicts are only able to help a few because everybody’s root cause of the addiction is different.

The false hope of treatment has to be revealed.  If Robin Williams couldn’t get the help he needed and was taken in by the lies a treatment facility brings, then I hope his death will begin to reveal an industry out of control.

The soldiers for the nefarious treatment industry has become the families who have lost the most.

Rest in Peace Robin Williams

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From the week of July 20th – The “Hoax of OxyContin” Growing in Awareness

About seven years ago I created the term “hoax of OxyContin”.  With billions of dollars in sales behind OxyContin’s history and gullible reporters continuing to believe the marketing myth of pain management, the logical summary of Purdue Pharma’s national boondoggle was a difficult concept for most intellectuals in 2007.

Additional drug companies jumped on the bandwagon of “narcotics for pain” and the money flowed to anybody who had an MD behind their name or an organization that would accept the blood money from Pharma for gain.

Over two years ago I wrote about the “diabolical marketing” and “conspiracy” of OxyContin.

Recently, a good summary was written mentioning the “National Conspiracy” http://www.globalnewscentre.com/2014/07/13/national-conspiracy-involved-in-prescription-painkillerheroin-epidemic-by-fda-pharma-paid-physicians-and-pain-societies-and-publications/#sthash.DCCweVgu.dpbs

Aside from the old news of “conspiracy”, most rewarding in the article, is that the attorney’s are finally catching on to the conspiracy.  The lawsuits in California and Chicago should bring great hope to all those who have been affected.  It will be the attorneys who will begin to stop the epidemic.

I have been largely ignored by the phony groups who promote themselves and others by asking to bring pictures of their dead loved ones.  It pains me to see “vigils” on behalf of loved ones when they appear to have only one goal:  Corporate Sponsorship.

The exploitation of families who have lost so dearly continues to intrigue me while the plea for prevention and education go unheeded.  The http://banoxycontin.com   petition continues to be ignored by the hypocritical groups who prey on our emotions of lost loved ones or loved ones affected.

Collecting money from large companies and donors based on dead pictures has become the norm in the drug fiasco while Pharma continues to produce billions of pills with no opposition or pleas for more drug education.

The upcoming FED UP Rally in Washington in September represents the epitome of the exploitation of those who have lost.  Washington politicians, treatment facilities, and government have no intention of stopping the epidemic.  Too much money is flowing into both the manufacture and addiction business entities.  Politicians reap millions of dollars from Pharma lobbying.

Almost every sponsor of the FED UP Rally has more to gain from addiction’s growth than curtailing it.  http://feduprally.org/2014-sponsors/

The mantra for the FED UP RALLY is;  “Don’t forget to bring a picture of your dead loved one!”

It has become great PR for a company to attach their logo onto dead children knowing the epidemic is here to stay without effective educational programs.

My heart aches every time I hear of another person affected.  My heart also aches knowing how groups prey on loved ones to move an agenda that has nothing to do with education and prevention.

Pharma continues to control the message.

I am going to start to carry a picture of my favorite attorney.  No phoniness there.

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From the week of July 6th – Governor Chris Christie Puts Death Knell to Education and Prevention

I have long lamented about the “money train of drugs”:

The engine is Pharma who manufactures as many narcotics, amphetamines and mind altering drugs that they can put on our streets.

The coal and fuel car for the train are the government programs that have given carte blanche reimbursement.  The VA, Medicare and Medicaid are collectively the largest purchasers of addictive controlled substances.  A combination of the FDA’s mantra of “safe as prescribed” and the government programs of support creates billions of dollars in taxpayer reimbursements.

Intentionally or blindly the private insurance industry has followed in the largest mass narcotic and amphetamine drugging of a country’s citizens since China’s heroin epidemic in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The middle of the train contains the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, advertisers, politicians and pharmacy chains that reap billions of dollars from the distribution process.  The state regulatory boards offer little direction or penalties and remain silent as billions of pills reach our streets.

Our children are being drugged in masses that only the historians will be able to analyze and understand.

The caboose on the money train of drugs is the treatment industry.

Currently, the treatment industry offers the largest potential for profits and growth in the drug epidemic.  Addiction Medicine is growing, treatment facilities are expanding and buprenorphine and methadone sales are skyrocketing.

Methadone has become so profitable Mitt Romney’s former company has invested in methadone clinics!  http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/04/12/while-heroin-epidemic-rages-bain-seeks-profit-drug-treatment-centers/SVDjqnSOcsZKzhoTm6imKJ/story.html

The mantra has become, “we need more money for treatment”. The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) has mandated addiction services and our politicians are speaking in terms of “less incarceration and more treatment”.  The caboose filled with treatment options is expanding dramatically.

NOTE:

EDUCATION AND PREVENTION ARE NOT ON THE TRAIN. THERE IS NO MONEY TO BE MADE FROM EDUCATION AND PREVENTION!

Recently, Governor Chris Christie indicated his concern for helping people with substance misuse.  I respect Governor Christie and I have no doubt he is sincere and means well.

However:

Chris Christie has officially produced zero hope for the future of education and prevention.  The growth of addiction is in the manufacturing, marketing and the false hope of treatment success for millions of people.  Christie’s campaign will be partially fueled by the treatment industry.

Christie stated he had a friend “go through a dozen treatment programs” and his friend died from a prescription drug and alcohol overdose.   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/gov-chris-christie-doubles-war-drugs-new-jersey-article-1.1848504

For millions of people, treatment offers the same false hope as pain management.  This writer’s hope for education before treatment is fading quickly.

There isn’t any money in education.  Education would curtail use and slow the growing demand for treatment facilities.

Education would also reveal the groups exploiting families who have lost dearly.

Organizations asking for pictures from those who have lost children, spouses, siblings, relatives and friends would be revealed for the false hopes created that Pharma, government, and the treatment industry has no intention of changing.

Education would cut many organizations off from the money the treatment industry offers and sponsors.

Governor Christie is the new insurance policy for the drug epidemic and Christie is today’s death knell for any hope for education and prevention.

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From the week of June 22 – Who Are the Bad Guys Here

Over a year ago, the boutique retailer Kitson http://www.shopkitson.com/   was widely lambasted for producing some discussion producing t-shirts that had Adderall, Xanax and Vicodin printed on them.   While the manufacturers Abbvie, Pfizer, and Shire remain anonymous manufacturing, selling, addicting and remain a part of killing tens of thousands, the industry supported “anti-drug” groups gained attention by castigating Kitson.

When Abbvie dropped their lawsuit against Kitson, the groups who capitalize and exploit the loss of loved ones remained silent.

The hypocrisy by the “anti-drug advocates” continues.  Recently their wrath is at Urban Outfitters http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/index.jsp   Urban Outfitters has created a pen that resembles a needle    http://www.change.org/petitions/urban-outfitters-remove-the-needle-shaped-harroin-pens-promotion-and-apologize-for-promoting-drug-use?share_id=tigdvhyWaP&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

It remains unconscionable to me that people are bringing negative attention to Urban Outfitters over a pen that creates discussion while the silence remains on Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Endo, Mallinckrodt, Covidian, Pfizer, etc., etc., etc.   The drug companies continue to produce billions of pills to our streets and phony anti-drug leaders make a small retailer become the focal point for distribution and blame.

I continue to urge all who have been affected by the drug epidemic to review and critique the messages carefully created from groups who are “anti-drug.   You will see Suboxone supported by brand name and addiction services promoted (which is fine), however, a criticism of Pharma by names is rarely considered.

The FED-UP RALLY   http://feduprally.org/   remains another plea for contributions from all those who have lost so dearly.  As presently promoted, Pharma will go unscathed from the fall gathering.

The treatment advocates will be in full force at the FED_UP RALLY hoping to garner more money while the names of the pharmaceutical giants will not be mentioned.

“SAFE AS PRESCRIBED” is addicting and killing our loved ones while the silence concerning the sellers and distributors remains off limits in order to remain part of the club to capitalize and exploit our lost loved ones and those affected.

The http://www.banoxycontin.com   petition remains ignored and the AMA’s efforts to keep the status quo has been accepted.   http://www.amednews.com/article/20130729/opinion/130729949/4/

I remain pragmatic and understand the money involved in the distribution of legal narcotics to our streets.  However, I refuse to remain silent as the phony anti-drug groups cozy up to the FDA and “silently” plan a demonstration in Washington that is useless and only a fund raiser and advertising endeavor for too many.

The response to Urban Outfitters needs to be analyzed.  Don’t let the exploiters of our loved ones remain unquestioned in their response to Urban Outfitters.

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From the week of 6/1- STOPPNOW Announces Support of BanOxyContin Petition and Demonstration on June 12th

NOTE: This is a personal opinion and not necessarily the opinion of STOPPNOW

The members of STOPPNOW http://stoppnow.com/STOPPNOW/WELCOME.html   have been a dedicated group of individuals in helping bring more awareness to the prescription drug epidemic.

While other group leaders have remained silent, STOPPNOW has singlehandedly helped close many of the pill mills in Florida over the last number of years.

Another pill mill that STOPPNOW picketed was closed down recently http://www.wsvn.com/story/25706925/clinic-owner-charged-with-running-15-million-pill-mill

While many groups ask for money, support and prey on those who have lost loved ones, STOPPNOW has been physically demonstrating in front of pill mills for years.

Three years ago STOPPNOW supported the radio show’s efforts in picketing a Florida Medical Board meeting in Tampa. All other “anti-drug” groups remained silent.

Most anti-drug groups have a selective message that will not kick them out of the fraternity of Pharma and the growing multi-billion dollar treatment business.

Those who have lost dearly should not be fooled by agenda’s that cater to your sympathy with little intention of bringing education and prevention to our communities and change at the FDA.

STOPPNOW has recently endorsed the BanOxyContin petition.

STOPPNOW is the first organization to publicly recognize the BanOxyContin petition and this speaks volumes on the organization’s commitment to bring education to the prescription drug epidemic.

OxyContin started the epidemic, however, all other organizations refuse to acknowledge the importance of bringing the symbol of the epidemic before the American public.

STOPPNOW remains in the forefront of commitment and leadership on the prescription drug epidemic.  I hope you will begin directing your hope for change towards the STOPPNOW leadership.

Please support the upcoming STOPPNOW peaceful demonstration on June 12th in Fort Lauderdale in front of The Mind and Body Wellness Center at 4242 N. Federal Highway.

STOPPNOW understands that action is needed and not more rhetoric and pictures of loved ones lost.

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