War on Drugs a Charade

Since the Black Congressional Caucus supported the crackdown on cocaine after Len Bias died in 1986, prison beds have been built by the hundreds of thousands. The public outcry was to “save the Black community”. President Reagan and congress overwhelmingly passed a drug law that would later put hundreds of thousands of people in prison.

The politics looked good, but there was never any sincerity to stop the major drug distribution in our country and the 1986 legislation ultimately put billions of dollars into the coffers of the prison builders and judicial system. Congress and legislators brought in millions of dollars from lobbyists who wanted to build prisons.

This country loves their drugs. Reality is no longer welcome by most college graduates, but those are the facts. While Pharma pumps out multiple times the amount of amphetamines and opioids than in 1986, the prison-industrial complex has made billions of dollars arresting and incarcerating those who don’t play by the rules of Congress. If you are high enough on the food chain for production and distribution, and take care of Congress, the money made by the mass sellers of drugs, attorneys, police, courts, judges, prison guards and addiction doctors keeps the charade alive and well for those who make the phony claim there is a War on Drugs.

This country has never had more drugs within its borders, both legal and illegal, and the indoctrinating message is “The War on Drugs is a failure”. How can you call it a failure if there is no sincerity for the outcome and you continue to allow the production and distribution at higher levels every year? The buzz words, “War on Drugs” are directed towards the poor souls who get sucked into the marketing and distribution of the addictive and deadly substances.

There is no war against the distribution of the opioids. There is no war against marijuana. There is no war against pharma. You can get all you want.

As of this writing, Florida legislators are finding excuses to NOT limit the distribution of opioids.  http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/01/05/rick-scotts-opioid-bill-is-getting-pushback-should-it/

China’s Mao Zedong eradicated the major sellers and dealers in China starting in 1949. That stopped the major drug issues in China. Today’s equivalent of Mao is the Philippine’s president, Duterte, who is killing the drug dealer.

The Taliban stopped the growing of opium in Afghanistan. Our country’s military resurrected the opium poppy in that country.

Our country doesn’t have the guts for following in Mao’s or Duarte’s footsteps. We don’t even have the guts to tell our children that drugs should never be taken. It would be bad for our economy and destroy the phony War on Drugs vernacular. We have a President who has said that we should educate our children about drugs. The War on Drugs brigade has remained silent on the President’s wishes.

Amphetamines and opioids are fine if you pay your doctor and pharmacist. If you don’t shell out money to the right cartel for the “legal drugs”, you go to jail.

Marijuana is shipped across the border by the tens of millions of tons. Our country is inundated with marijuana. The profits and proliferation of marijuana has met the crescendo of allowing the government to make more money from legally selling it than arresting people for it.

For tens of thousands of people marijuana and heroin is as important as food. We love our drugs. Those who suffer the consequences from too much be damned. Don’t build a wall. God Damn it, I need my drugs. God Damn it, I need the profits that drugs bring from across the border and who cares about the children whose parents are addicted.

Trump wants to build a wall, in part, to deter the drug importation through the Mexican border. The “War on Drugs” crowd needs to stop that wall. There is too much money at stake to curtail the drug distribution in this country. The industrial prison and legal complex, along with the mental health industry, would suffer financially. Stopping the drugs from crossing the border is counterproductive to the money that can be made from selling the garbage, responding, treating, burying and maintaining addiction services.

Stopping the manufacture, marketing and distribution of drugs by the kingpins would put to rest the charade of the phrase “War on Drugs”. War on Drugs is the code for “we want more drugs on our streets”. We need to increase the market share and number of people we can get hooked on drugs. It would be better business for the pharmacies, addiction houses, emergency rooms, first responders, medical examiners and funeral homes.

The War on Drugs mantra will eventually allow us to go back to the pre-1986 mentality and it will become socially more acceptable to addict the white community with equal fervor.

When is this country going to get serious about facing the reality and truth about our love of drugs? The “War on Drugs” offers little truth.

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PHARMACISTS HAVE BECOME THE GATE KEEPERS FOR THE OPIOID MASSACRE

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CVS FIRES PHARMACIST FOR FOLLOWING CDC GUIDELINES

The opioid epidemic rages onward.  The statistics of death from an overdose of drugs continues to increase yearly.  Everybody in North America has a family member, friend or neighbor that is affected from the misuse of drugs.  Our President has declared the “opioid crisis a public emergency”.

Pharmacists have a history of being one of the “most trusted professions”.  Before today’s modern day 21st century opioid epidemic began about twenty years ago, that was an accurate summation of your neighborhood pharmacist.

Like the guards of Auschwitz in the concentration camps of Germany eighty years ago who didn’t actually pull the final lever, the pharmacists have disengaged themselves from the death and destruction of the epidemic.  The damage starts from the complicity of the pharmacist personally handing out tens of millions of lethal pills without a second thought or a look in the eye of the person who has moved from originally having a real medical need for pain relief to a shallow and forlorn soul and prisoner who will become violently ill without their next dose of an opioid.  The fury of withdrawal parallels to the abuse and neglect many endured in the concentration camps during WWII.

The pharmacist has lost all conscience and responsibility to our communities as they dispense large quantities of narcotics to a young person who they suspect is either addicted or will be selling the drugs on the street corner.

I am sure the camp guards never looked into the eyes of a future victim of the gas chamber and pharmacists have followed suit.  It is my contention most retail pharmacists have had a patient who died from an overdose and few have given it a second thought before they count out their next prescription of 120 to 180 oxycodone or hydrocodone.  For some, it is from the rationalization that if they don’t count out the pills, the drug store chain will find someone who will.  However, I believe most pharmacists don’t care.

The doctors are the generals; the pharmacists the soldiers, the drug chains supply the lethal weapons and the insurance payers finance the operation.  While six million people were tortured and murdered during Hitler’s reign, a country remained silent.  A collective conscience finally put an end to the destruction and accomplices to the terror were brought to justice.  Adolf Eichmann was hanged and many guards went to prison.  After dispensing thousands of deadly pills, today’s pharmacist blissfully goes to dinner, much like the prison guards prior to the revelation of the truth.

I have been a pharmacist for forty years.  I used to praise our profession and encourage young people to explore my profession.  In most of my professional years, morphine was a respected drug and used judiciously.  My last ten years have been spent sharing information about morphine’s analogs and encouraging patients that “less is better”.  I have NEVER had a person disagree with me that they wish they could stop taking the opioid and an honest conversation always brings out the truth.  I make it clear that the culprit is the drug and not the patient.

I no longer encourage people to become a retail pharmacist unless they want to be the middle man or woman for the drug deal.  Today’s pharmacist can be replaced by a vending machine.  A machine has the same moral and ethical principles as today’s pharmacist who counts out the narcotics in the same robotic fashion.

I worked for Eckerd Drug for ten years before CVS took over the Eckerd chain ten years ago.  During my tenure with CVS I have been outspoken about the opioid crisis.  For the last ten years CVS respected my position on the opioids and allowed me to do a radio show for over seven years, counsel and give advice.  I self-published my book “NOT SAFE AS PRESCRIBED” without any immediate repercussions from CVS.  The reviews on Amazon have remained phenomenal.  http://www.amazon.com/Not-Safe-Prescribed-Lawrence-Golbom-ebook/dp/B01DICYMBE

CVS adopted many new policies in recent years to help reduce their opioid output.  Whether it was the multi-million dollar fines they paid to the DEA or a moral awakening is up to the reader’s discretion.  Most of my fellow pharmacists remained disengaged.  I attempted to remain true to my principles and fight the epidemic from behind the counter.  It was a losing battle, but from a personal standpoint, I felt I could help more people.  To the credit of CVS management, I was left alone.  I am proud that I attempted to dispense the CII class of drugs judiciously; never refusing a prescription that met the new CVS guidelines.

I was recently fired from CVS.  There were no moral or ethical issues.  There were no company losses.  Whether it was some lone supervisors acting independently or CVS changing their policy of not allowing the pharmacist the discretion to help a patient remains for discussion.  At this point, it appears CVS has re-entered the wild west of pill distribution.  I am surmising that my firing has sent a message to my former fellow pharmacists.

I have documentation of my supervisors questioning why I didn’t dispense more opioids.  After my firing a fabricated letter referring to my character was sent to the St. Petersburg, Fl police department.  I was issued a “no trespass” from CVS management.  My final termination paper had lies in it.

CVS has policies in place to prevent the over distribution of the opioids.  It appears the supervisors are not required to follow those policies and if a pharmacist is not filling enough opioids a methodical effort to terminate them is accepted by CVS.  Not only terminate the pharmacist, but  destroy an illustrious 40 year  career.  It appears the public statements and policies from CVS have become shallow proclamations while the supervisors quietly put the hammer down.

The opioid epidemic is going to rage forward.  CVS has made a decision to allow the reprimand and/or firing of a pharmacist who is attempting to follow the CDC guidelines on the dispensing of an opioid.

It will be interesting what the future of the Aetna and CVS merger will bring to the opioid crisis.  A vertical business that combines the general, soldier, supplier and the financier will bring more destruction to our communities.

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Prescription Addiction Radio Show for Trump and No Apology for Being an Old White Guy

Donald Trump has said he wants to stop the drugs coming across the border.  With a present President who has done little to stop the drug trade at all levels, this one issue should be of importance to the millions of families who have been affected by the legal and illegal drug trade in this country.  The last thing most anti-drug groups and rehab outfits want is a reduction in the drug trade.  That would put them out of business.  I haven’t seen any drug organization supporting Trump.

Many in the press have made it a disparaging point that Trump is favored among the white males.  As a white male I want to address that issue. I came from a generation and community in which our fathers were important and were responsible for the safety of our family.  Trump represents an age old symbol of protecting our wives, children and grand children moving into the future.  Only the naive believe we don’t have enemies in this world who wouldn’t hesitate to send a child strapped with a bomb on their body into a wedding ceremony.  Our enemies don’t care what country the death and destruction takes place in.  Trump represents the reality that allows real men an extension of protecting our country and family.

Trump addressing the inner city issues has been met with disdain by the American press.

Real men are also deeply concerned about the death and destruction taking place in too many minority communities.  Everybody should be able to protect their children.  Trump offers a change of mindset on a serious issue.  My last blog addressed the economy of too many communities, “Drugs, Guns, Violence and Nike”.

The growth and independence of woman in my lifetime has been positive for all.  However, an important point has been missed in this election.  Many woman today don’t need a man for protection.  For many women, the government has replaced the role of the man in the family.  Women believe they don’t need Trump or men with the mindset of protecting family and country.

The older white male doesn’t want to usurp their responsibility to the government.  For most women, the government has become their protector.

It makes sense that Trump is polling near zero with the African American community.  The vestiges of history on what our white male forefathers did to the African Americans is horrendous.  I don’t dispute the atrocities of history, but I had nothing to do with that.  I want to make this a better country based on the strength and independence an individual effort brings.

There remains a great deal of money to be made to continue the mindset of the 1960′s and not allow us to move forward on race relations as a country.  The press feeds upon division because that brings greater emotions and attention.

For justifiable reasons, the African American community trusts the government more than the white male.  However, this is 2016.  It is time to move forward and roll the dice on Trump and a new generation of white males who want prosperity and equality for all.

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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.

“LET’S MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”

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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