Kudos to President Trump for raising the issue of Opioids as a serious national problem needing attention.
Even hard-left Vox has admitted the severity of the issue with the following headline: “In 2016, drug overdoses likely killed more Americans than the entire wars in Vietnam and Iraq”
Needless American deaths are not an issue that should skew left or right.
One solution is keeping out illegal drug shipments, many of which originate across our Southern Border. So Trump’s campaign about border security is every bit as much about his pledge to tackle the Opioid epidemic as it is about keeping out people who try to illegally sneak into the country for ‘a better life’.
It is called border SECURITY, after all.
But there’s more to the story than just foreign sources. There’s also the abuse of legal sources of prescription medication. And Trump’s DOJ made interrupting these drug fraud rings a focus of serious attention.
In what Attorney General Jeff Sessions described as the “largest health-care fraud takedown operation in American history,” the DOJ in July charged more than 400 people, including doctors and medical facilities, who it said were prescribing unnecessary opioids to addicts and fueling the current drug crisis. — Source: WND
What sort of operations have they shut down? Operations like this one:
The six-largest drug firm in America shipped more than 3 million prescription opioids to a single pharmacy in West Virginia over the course of 10 months – averaging out to 10,000 pills a day.
McKesson Corp. sent ‘massive quantities’ of hydocodone to the now closed Sav-Rite Pharmacy in Kermit, West Virginia, according to a congressional report that was released on Wednesday.
The deliveries continued even after a McKesson warehouse in Ohio flagged the orders in 2007, added the report obtained by the West Virginia Gazette Mail.
McKesson had reported to the Drug Enforcement Administration that purchases made were ‘reasonable’ during that period.
The report claimed that all took part in systemic ‘failures that contributed to the worsening of the opioid epidemic’ by sending an ‘inordinate’ number of painkillers to the state.
Between 2005 and 2016, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health shipped 900 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills.
From the local paper’s report back in January:
“We will continue to investigate these distributors’ shipments of large quantities of powerful opioids across West Virginia, including what seems to be a shocking lack of oversight over their distribution practices,” Walden and Pallone said.
The state has the highest drug overdose death rate in the nation. More than 880 people fatally overdosed in West Virginia in 2016.
Between shipments coming in from China, Mexico and the illicit use of legal medications, it’s a big problem to solve. But real action is being taken, because we’re finally taking this problem seriously.
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