I have been doing the radio show for almost six years and the following is a concise conclusion to what started the radio show journey.
I don’t believe in conspiracies and I am still closer to being an agnostic than a believer. Like most, I want to believe the best in humans and discount the so called evil in our society.
My prediction is that the historians will look at the “genocide” taking place from today’s distribution of the opium plant (aka oxycodone, morphine, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, etc.) with wonderment at the diabolical scheme created in an age of technology. “Diabolical” is the only word appropriate for the end result of addiction, deaths and economic damage affecting every community in North America and beyond.
I have long wondered how tens of thousands have been affected by the introduction of products therapeutically equivalent to heroin while the medical community and media have rationalized the human and economic destruction.
The hoax and charade is slowly being revealed. The opium plant has been repackaged and marketed under the guise of pain.
You can’t sell a drug without a disease. For Purdue Pharma, starting with the introduction of OxyContin, pain became a disease. The New York Times was on board as early as 2001 http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/16/magazine/pain-the-disease.html The perfect story had been created for the distribution of a “pain killer”. Pain killer was an ingenious marketing term that replaced the word “narcotic”. The media uses the words “pain killers” without knowing the original definition of a narcotic.
Joining Purdue, additional drug companies, doctors, drug wholesalers, internet sites, pharmacies, and pharmacists have jumped on the money train the repackaging of opium has created. “Oxycodone can be managed.”
The “legitimate patient” was created by the drug industry to support the “rational use” of the repackaged opium. The reality is that a person is only “legitimate” as long as they can be used by the system to market and sell more dependent and addictive products. A person remains legitimate until addiction, death or a realization of the damaging effects narcotics create becomes a reality to the individual. If a person deviates from the “prescribed doses”, they are no longer legitimate and the industry castigates their existence.
After 5000 years the Afghan farmer is as knowledgeable about the effects the opium poppy has on the brain as any “expert” the media can interview about “pain killers”.
The civil war doctor understood the effects of morphine on the brain and body as much as the experts today who proselytize the benefits of morphine and oxycodone for chronic pain.
The street corner dealer for heroin has as much concern for their customer as the doctor who sells their only services under the guise of chronic pain for the product interchangeable with heroin (oxycodone). They both enjoy the money and hope a death doesn’t occur while the money train of drugs continues rolling.
Both the dealer and doctor understand the effects of the drug they are selling. Money is the initial factor and the long term concern is for the customer to stay alive until the next visit. The effects on the brain are equally understood by the dealer and doctor.
Diabolical is a word usually saved for the most wretched of leaders and rulers in our history. Considering the death and destruction the repackaging and marketing of opium has created over the last 15 years under the masterfully constructed story of “chronic pain”, I feel comfortable with using diabolical.
In an age of technological wonderment, how have we been as fooled by the repackaging and selling of “opium for chronic pain” as the destruction around us from the plant discovered 5000 years ago continues onward?