From the 12/18 Show – Steve Forbes, Forbes Magazine, Trevor Butterworth, and OxyContin

Does Steve Forbes know what Trevor Butterworth had published in the recent Forbes Magazine?

Steve Forbes has always represented himself as a principled individual.  It was extremely surprising to this radio show host that Forbes would have allowed Trevor Butterworth to create an inference to OxyContin in a positive perspective given the tens of thousands who have died since its introduction and the billions of dollars the drug has both directly and indirectly cost business around the world.  The  site continues to grow.

Trevor Butterworth was brilliant in presenting his facts and the Forbes article reminded me of the old saying:  “Figures Don’t Lie, But Liars Can Figure”.  As the addiction and death figures continue to increase in our country, and to imply that OxyContin is not to blame, Trevor Butterworth has put Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes, Inc., in the same class as a mass murderer.  Has Forbes become out of touch with both his magazine and society or did this article simply slip by him?

Substance misuse from the legal drugs continues to cost business billions of dollars and challenges many companies to compete on the world market.  Many communities can no longer attract some industries because of the high incidence of drug use within their communities.

Steve Forbes and Forbes Magazine did American business a tremendous disservice with Trevor Butterworth’s misleading article about OxyContin and the chances for addiction when taken “as prescribed”.

Trevor Butterworth’s article infers that the newer “abuse resistant” OxyContin that can be put in an oven to separate out the oxycodone is no longer a threat to addiction.  Butterworth quotes “experts” who have been on the industry payroll directly and indirectly that the chances for addiction are minimized with the proper oversight.

I would like to receive a comment from a person who has taken OxyContin for thirty days and indicate that stopping the drug is easy!

Butterworth made it clear that it is the person’s fault if they die from an overdose.  Most overdose deaths involve multiple substances in the individual’s body.  Therefore, prescribing an OxyContin absolves the medical community any responsibility of where the first OxyContin tablet may lead the individual.

Trevor Butterworth displayed as much knowledge about OxyContin as an Afghan farmer who produces the opium plant for heroin.  Steve Forbes displayed a tremendous lack of judgment in allowing the article to be published.

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