America’s Hidden Secret: Economy Based on Drugs, Alcohol, Guns, Violence and Nike – Forget About Making America Great Again

The actual statistics relating to America’s drug and alcohol use are no longer necessary.  Every person can see the damage being done by the increased drugging and intoxicating of America.  Whether it is the loss of a family or friend from an overdose, a DUI related car accident or the daily turmoil a legal drug, illegal drug or alcohol is doing to you or a loved one, North America blissfully continues to market, sell, produce and import more.  The number of well known personalities who have succumbed to an overdose over the years has become nothing more than emotionally driven tabloid news with no endgame.

We pass by the panhandlers on our streets as if we don’t see them.  All victims of substances they can’t control.  But, no worries, our insatiable thirst to alter the natural state of mind rationalizes the despair we choose to ignore.

In 2015, over four billion prescriptions were dispensed which averaged out to about twelve prescriptions per person.  If you are over 65, the average was about 27 prescriptions per person.  About 1.2 million college students drink alcohol every day and an estimated 700,000 smoke marijuana.  The feel good drugs containing amphetamines are called “the smart drugs” for our children and young adults of all ages.  We spent over $374 billion dollars on prescriptions drugs in 2014.  That equates to about $1400 per person.

Opioids accounted for 259 million prescriptions in 2012, 255 million prescriptions for anti-depressants,  and at least 13 million people received a prescription for an anti-anxiety producing benzodiazepine.  So called mental health and pain related drugs accounted for over $40 billion dollars in 2013.

It doesn’t matter how long we have to wait for a prescription as long as the drug store promises they will fill it.

In 2013 our veterans were killing themselves at the rate of 22 per day, almost one lost soul per hour.  Most were on a combination of drugs that had been written and dispensed by a person wearing a white coat.  In North America, a drug will cure all of our natural God given reactions to life.

A response of love, caring and extra time has been eliminated by the promise of a pill.  Suicides and murders are antidotal to our drug and alcohol culture.

A new love affair with marijuana is just beginning knowing Colorado is expected to reap $5 billion in sales since it became legal in that state.  Recently a law maker in Atlantic City suggested legalization of marijuana “to help revitalize the economy” of that city.

The last statistics from the White House estimated $191 billion dollars in lost revenue to business is due to drug abuse.  Alcohol wasn’t mentioned.

Some estimates are as high as 80% of all prisoners are in jail for a drug or alcohol related crime.    We have over two million people incarcerated to help fuel the prison system economy with drugs and alcohol the leading culprit as an accomplice.

President Obama recently suggested over another $1 billion dollars to maintain people on legal opioids after the addiction process is full blown.  There was no mention by the President of curtailing the production of any prescription drug.

Congress will support and overwhelmingly approve the President’s initiative to create long term dependency allowing doctors the “bait and switch” for another opioid.  The addiction industry is asking that doctors can prescribe drugs for addiction at the rate of 500 patients per doctor instead of limiting them to “only” 100 patients.  That equates to 400 more people under medical supervision destined to face severe withdrawal if they don’t take their drugs daily.  Avoiding withdrawal has become modern medicine.  All know the power of buprenorphine and methadone.

Pharmaceutical companies have received billions of dollars in fines for miss marketing and misrepresentation and it remains drug production as usual with no jail time.

And the legal drugs are not enough for North America.  We import billions of dollars of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine from our global neighbors.  The idea of building barriers to curtail the import of illegal drugs is met with demonstrations and violence against the messenger of the idea.

Along with drugs, we cannot get enough guns.  It is now reported that we have more guns in America than people.  With every new massacre, more guns are sold.  One estimate had an underground gun economy (illegally sold) at $750 million.

As I write this, Chicago lost another 13 people due to gun related violence during the Father’s day week-end.  The inner city of too many cities has a daily fear of death and carnage from gun violence.

It would be naive to believe that the economy for too many people in too many communities does not rely on the sale of drugs and guns.  This translates into billions of dollars in cost from lost lives, judicial system costs and prison costs.

For those lucky enough to not be killed or arrested, the money generated from drugs and guns buys brand names that will garner prestige.  As Nike sells it shoes, they and every brand name clothes manufacturer reaps large rewards from the “drugs and guns economy”.  Hats, shirts, pants and shoes define the success for too many surrounded by drug and gun deals.

Corporate America secretly understands what the drug and gun dealer want.  They market directly to the drug and gun culture.

Police are told to back off and let the dealers ply their trade, but are the first to be called after the next bullet is fired.  Corporate America has remained silent in the “All Lives Matter” conversation.


We have millions of people who can’t function due to drugs and alcohol, millions more who can’t go a day without their legal fix, a government and corporate culture that relies on the dysfunction and money drugs and alcohol create, and a younger generation that only knows a culture of drugs and alcohol.

We have millions of people who are part of a dysfunctional workforce that our drug and alcohol consumption can be blamed for.  The corporate and government enablers are endless.

The pharmaceutical and gun organizations have the most influence in Washington and the profits drugs and alcohol bring to so many is a reality this country needs to understand.

When Nike, Reebok, Ralph Lauren and Timberline convene for a meeting in Washington, along with leaders from every religious and ethnic background,  I will have some hope for the future of America.

Air Jordan’s replaced by work boots or dress shoes?    What a concept to make America great again.

Larry Golbom:  Author of “NOT SAFE AS PRESCRIBED”

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From the Week of December 14th – The Last Ten Seconds

The recent tragedies and subsequent demonstrations and media coverage after the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Gardner make it evident that the human race cannot contemplate past the last ten seconds.  The demonstrators repeatedly focused on the last ten seconds of both men’s deaths.  The news media cannot critically think past the last ten seconds.

When a plane crashes, it is usually not from one mechanical or human failure.  A series of events take place before the crash happens.  The FAA will spend months or years painstakingly investigating the plane’s parts and human communication before making a final judgment of a deadly crash.

The careful analysis by the FAA has become an anomaly in our society.  In the case of Brown and Garner, the societal, community and individual actions leading up to the disturbing outcomes have been overshadowed by sensational seeking and media attention pundits.  The last ten seconds of both tragedies have shaped the conversations, writings and actions.

As a result, the irresponsible media will continue to bring us images that bring distrust to all who are not like us.  A white guy can’t be trusted, black on black crime will continue unabated, young black people will continue to defy a police order and too many police will continue to abuse their powers of the badge.

I now understand that the drug companies and the media has shaped our perceptions of prescription drugs by only focusing on the last ten seconds.

A person dies from an overdose and we only recount the last ten seconds.  A person is given morphine after surgery and we marvel at the wonders of morphine for ten seconds.  A terminal patient’s last minutes are remembered by the peace the oxycodone or morphine brought them to the end.  The last ten seconds of death was peaceful thanks to the narcotics.

For over 5000 years the opium plant has helped kill millions of people and recently overdose deaths are over 30,000 individuals yearly.  Our ability to only think critically about the last ten seconds continues the charade of the legal prescription narcotics.  Our ten second snapshots of positive outcomes from the deadly drugs has clouded all rational thinking about preventing millions of future addictions and tens of thousands of deaths.  A “ten second” interview with a “pain patient” shapes our future policy on chronic pain policies.  The history of the patient’s growing dependency on the legal narcotics and family ramifications is completely ignored.

The think tanks of Pharma know and understand our inability to think past the last ten seconds.  The opioids are a dangerous psychologically and physically altering class of drugs.  In addition to the mental effects, the secondary side effects of the opioids is immediate pain relief.

Our inability to critically think past the last ten seconds of immediate pain relief will continue to doom millions to future addiction and tens of thousands to homelessness and death.

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From the week of August 31 – A Milestone Article in Tampa

Special note for the Tampa Tribune article Sunday, “FLORIDA HEALS FROM PILL MILL EPIDEMIC”

Elaine Silvestrini, of the Tampa paper, displayed that the journalists are beginning to understand the drug epidemic.  The masterful and diabolical marketing of “pain management” with Pharma’s help is slowly being revealed.

Silvestrini shared the history of Florida and it’s sorry past with pill mills.  Although Silvestrini did not delve deeply into the accomplices that were Pharma and the drug stores, she created a better understanding for the uninitiated on the major conduit for the street distribution that was taking place in Florida.

The article gave the history and growth of pill mills in Florida and the efforts put forth by law enforcement and the DEA.  Millions of pills were reaching the streets courtesy of pharmaceutical manufacturers, doctors and pharmacies.  A summary of the recently reduced deaths was properly recognized by Silvestrini and reported on.

My hope is that Silvestrini’s article brings more research and expansion on her breakthrough article.  Silvestrini exposed the hoax of pain management in the pill mill environment, but she still gave a pass to the too many licensed charlatan’s who get people hooked on four to six oxycodone containing pills a day with no hope for future improvement in their health.

The pain charlatans have gotten smarter.  They realize that as little as a few pills of oxycodone, mixed in with some benzodiazepine pills, neuropathic pills, psychotropic pills and a sleeping pill to end the day will create a loyal and dedicated monthly patient visit.  Fortunately, the person will remain alive, but have little hope of ever improving physically while on the cocktail of drugs.

Silvestrini’s article is an article I hope other journalists read.  My hope is more reporting will be forthcoming on the silence from the Medical Board and Pharmacy Board in Florida and beyond.  Articles better understanding the complicity of our state legislators and, in particular in Florida, why a former governor was silent as the pill mills prospered and grew.

The FDA’s complicity creating the moniker “safe as prescribed” for the opioids as thousands become addicted and die needs to be explored and questioned.

The journalist’s have many more opportunities for articles covering a period in history that could be labeled “genocide from prescription drugs”.

My ultimate goal is “not safe as prescribed” for the legal narcotics.

The genocide didn’t happen and continue by accident. I am pleased that Elaine Silvestrini has made a monumental step for a basis of reporting on so many needless deaths.

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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  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”

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   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.

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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