Tom Lyons of the Sarasota Herald Tribune appears to be a journalist getting closer to the truth. On October 29th, Tom was the first person to recognize the “spin” being created by Florida’s leaders. http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20121029/COLUMNIST/121029555?tc=ar The recently released Florida Medical Examiners reported that oxycodone related deaths dropped by 17 percent from the year before and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement hailed the success.
It was Tom Lyons who recognized that the state had MORE drug related deaths than the year before. Tom indicated that with the decreased distribution of oxycodone people are being forced to find other drugs to fuel their addiction.
Unfortunately, Tom’s insights stopped at that point. He went on to write: “So the crackdown on pain meds, so severe that it has made it hard for legitimate and proper pain patients to fill much needed prescriptions, has not saved abusers’ lives.”
Tom missed that the drug industry needs to masterfully create and market “the legitimate” patient before the outcome of addiction and death can begin to take hold for too many.
Coincidentally, Sunday’s show covered another historical perspective on the growth of the opium plant in today’s world:
“A Sketch of Medicine and Pharmacy” is a book printed in 1943. The book meant for academia has “opium” listed in Chapter XIX that included poisons. Montana and I asked how “the business suits” (see last week’s blog) took a product that was classified as a poison sixty years ago convinced the media that it was a miracle cure for chronic pain? Tens of thousands have died and millions have suffered from the long term use of modern day opium products since the new wave business entrepreneurs moved opium (aka OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, etc) to a diabolical and ingenious level of marketing to the medical and journalist professions. The modern day FDA has been a willing accomplice.
Since 1995, with the introduction of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma masterfully repackaged, marketed, and sold the opium plant that ancient doctors who responsibly used opium and morphine, and handled it as a poison, would look at with consternation. The ruse of heroin (interchangeable with the active ingredient in OxyContin) being sold by the Bayer company as a cough suppressant starting in 1898 came to a halt about 14 years later because the American media began to connect the dots on the medical hoax of heroin.
Surprisingly, today’s media remains clueless. However, maybe Tom Lyons and the Herald Tribune are getting closer to understanding the truth. Tom understood the ruse of “fewer deaths”, but he didn’t quite connect the dots to a full understanding to a diabolical scheme historians will be writing about.