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Drug Overdose Death Epidemic Near 80's H.I.V. Peak Death Level!

Drug Overdose Death Epidemic Near 80's H.I.V. Peak Death Level! | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin.

Some of the largest concentrations of overdose deaths were in Appalachia and the Southwest, according to new county-level estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of these deaths reached a new peak in 2014: 47,055 people, or the equivalent of about 125 Americans every day.

The death rate from drug overdoses is climbing at a much faster pace than other causes of death, jumping to an average of 15 per 100,000 in 2014 from nine per 100,000 in 2003.

The trend is now similar to that of the human immunodeficiency virus, or H.I.V., epidemic in the late 1980s and early 1990s, said Robert Anderson, the C.D.C.’s chief of mortality statistics.

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It's clear the so-called "War on Drugs" has been lost - except for municipalities collecting millions in fines and legal fees and federal funds to incarcerate people. At least one municipality - Goucester, MA - has a different approach. For more on that, read "Perfect Storm: Gloucester Police Targets #Pharma as Next Step Against 'War on Drugs'"; http://sco.lt/90L66j 

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Rahm Emanuel's War on Drugs

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Seven years ago, the maker of OxyContin pleaded guilty to criminal charges that it had promoted the painkiller for off-label uses and played down its risk of addiction. The settlement, which cost Purdue Pharma $600 million, was supposed to stem the dramatic rise of prescription painkiller abuse that has swept the U.S. since OxyContin hit the market in 1996.


In the years since the settlement, America’s opioid problem has only gotten worse. Deaths involving prescription painkillers tripled in the first decade of the 21st century to more than 40 per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which called the problem an epidemic in 2011.


State and local officials have asked the Food and Drug Administration to stop opioid makers from marketing the drugs for long-term pain management, but the FDA hasn’t acted and neither have the drugs’ manufacturers. So local governments are taking pharmaceutical companies to court. Civil lawsuits filed in the past month by Chicago and California’s Santa Clara and Orange counties accuse Purdue and four other drugmakers of soft-pedaling the risks of the medications. Both suits seek to force “defendants to cease their unlawful promotion of opioids and to correct their misrepresentations” as well as pay unspecified damages.


Emanuel says he’s fed up with FDA officials and industry executives who try to shift blame for the problem. “Everybody at the top wants somebody else to be accountable,” he says. “They want to act like they bear no responsibility for what’s happened.” The aim of the lawsuits, he says, is to force that accountability. The goal isn’t to punish drugmakers, says Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “What we’re after here is to change [their] conduct, not to break companies.”

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Meanwhile, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani earned millions of dollars defending Purdue Pharma against charges of illegal promotion of its pain drug, OxyContin, the abuse of which DEA claims has killed hundreds of people -- mostly teenagers.

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Perfect Storm: Gloucester Police Targets #Pharma as Next Step Against "War on Drugs"

Perfect Storm: Gloucester Police Targets #Pharma as Next Step Against "War on Drugs" | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

Police officers in one American city are pointing to Big Pharma, rather than addicts on the street, as the true criminals in the nation's failed war on drugs.


The Gloucester Police Department in Massachusetts received public praise over the summer for an initiative to treat addicts who pose a low risk to residents rather than throwing them into the overburdened prison system.


Now, the department is again in the headlines after it asked followers of its Facebook page to call out the CEOs of major drug manufacturers, and the doctors who sometimes recklessly prescribe their narcotics, as major contributors to drug addiction.


“Prescribers, Pharma … we are waiting. And our patience grows thin. Do you want to be a real conduit to treatment and care, or do you want to be a dealer? Guess which one law enforcement wants you to be? … but we’ll deal effectively with either. Your choice,” the department said in a recent post.


In a separate post, the department listed the names of Big Pharma’s top CEOs along with their respective salaries and contact information. Gloucester police then asked followers to contact the drug industry heads to ask what they are doing to keep doctors’ offices from being the first stop on the road to addiction for so many Americans.


Top 5 Pharmaceutical CEO Salaries:


  1. Eli Lilly — John Lechleiter $14.48 million

jlechleiter@lilly.com 317-276-2000

  1. Abbott Labs — Miles D. White $17.7 million

miles.d.white@abbott.com 847-937-6100

  1. Merck — Kenneth C. Frazier

$25 million + cool private jet.

ken.frazier@merck.com 908-423-1000

  1. Johnson & Johnson — Alex Gorsky $20.38 million

ceo@jnj.com 732-524-0400

  1. Pfizer — Ian Read $23.3 million

ian.read@pfizer.com 212-573-2323

Pharma Guy's insight:

Meanwhile, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani earned millions of dollars defending Purdue Pharma against charges of illegal promotion of its pain drug, OxyContin, the abuse of which DEA claims has killed hundreds of people -- mostly teenagers.

Giuliani's OxyContin (and PhRMA) Money (http://bit.ly/julioxy


BTW, none of the pharma CEOs in the above list meet Rich Meyers #1 criterion for "real" pharma leaders; i.e., have salaries under $5 million. For more on that, read: "Five Habits, Traits, Whatever! of "Real" #Pharma Leaders"; http://sco.lt/74JTJR 

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Devyn Mode's curator insight, March 24, 2016 2:47 PM

Meanwhile, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani earned millions of dollars defending Purdue Pharma against charges of illegal promotion of its pain drug, OxyContin, the abuse of which DEA claims has killed hundreds of people -- mostly teenagers.

Giuliani's OxyContin (and PhRMA) Money (http://bit.ly/julioxy

 

BTW, none of the pharma CEOs in the above list meet Rich Meyers #1 criterion for "real" pharma leaders; i.e., have salaries under $5 million. For more on that, read: "Five Habits, Traits, Whatever! of "Real" #Pharma Leaders"; http://sco.lt/74JTJR