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Medical Marijuana Coming to PA

 

 

Read "Is There a Role for Medical Cannabis in Combating the Opioid Epidemic?"

 

Mainstrem Media Knows Who the Real Opioid Drug Pushers Are!

This cartoon appeared on the editorial page of the October 29, 2017 issue of the Bucks County Courier Times. I have often said the the drug industry bears a major portion of the respondibility for "pushing" the over prescribing of opioids.  Just this week the founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc. was arrested and charged with allegedly bribing doctors to improperly prescribe Insys drugs containing the powerful opiate Fentanyl (see the embedded story below).

 

 

PA to Fund Narcan for First Responders

 

 

Holding Big Pharma Accountable for Opioid Crisis

 


Further Reading:

Drug Industry Now Favors Limiting Opioid Prescriptions

 

Fitzpatrick, Tsongas Anti-Fentanyl Bill Passes Committee

 

 

PA Attorney General Subpoenas Opioid Producers 

September 20, 2017. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday that several pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors have been served with subpoenas as part of a national investigation into the country's opioid abuse crisis.

One PA opioid producer NOT on this list is KVK Tech, located right in Newtown, PA! Why not? For more on why I think KVK Tech should be held accountable, read my blog post: Attacking the Root of the Opioid Crisis - Pharmaceutical Companies.

Bucks County Courier Times Editorial About Bensalem's Plan to Sue Opioid Drug Companies

September 2, 2017. The editorial - -reproduced below - stops short of endorsing Bensalem's decision (see here) and believes that opioid drug companies mean what they say when they claim they are working "collaboratively" with the public sector to "find solutions." BCCT says "better late than never." But the reality is it's likely to be never!


Bensalem First Local Government to Sue Opioid Manufacturers

As reported in the Philadelphia Business Journal: "Bensalem is poised to become the first local government in Pennsylvania to sue pharmaceutical companies in an effort to recover the millions it has spent to fight the opioid crisis.

"Mayor Joe DiGirolamo announced his plans Wednesday to sue more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies that he said played down the addiction risks of opioid drugs they made, marketed and distributed."

"While the companies pocketed untold fortunes from the drugs, the country fell into the worst addiction crisis it have ever endured, complained DiGirolamo and other officials who joined him at an afternoon news conference at the township building in Bucks County."

My opinion: Companies that produce opioids - including KVK Tech in Newtown Twp - should help combat the opioid addiction problem in local communities where they have headquarters. One idea I champion is the implementation of a 24/7 drug drop-off box - currently the box in Newtown is only available from 8:30 am to 4 pm on week days. KVK Tech can garner much needed good publicity by providing the funds to make this happen.


Trump and Health Secretary Price Reject Call for National Emergency to Deal with Opioid Epidemic. So Sad!

[From www.statnews.com] The Trump administration on Tuesday stopped short of declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency, rejecting an urgent recommendation from a White House panel on tackling the crisis.

“We believe at this point that the resources we need or the focus that we need to bring to bear to the opioid crisis, at this point, can be addressed without the declaration of an emergency,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said at a press conference in Bedminster, N.J., after a meeting with President Trump and other White House officials.

He added that the option, like the rest of the policies suggested in the commission’s report, was still “on the table.”

The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, called an emergency declaration it’s “first and most urgent” recommendation, in an interim version of a long-awaited report last week that included a number of policy proposals for addressing the crisis.

“Declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act,” the five-member panel wrote to the president, adding that the option is “direct and completely within your control.”

“We’re going to have a tremendous team of experts and people that want to beat this horrible situation that has happened in our country — and we will. We will win. We have no alternative,” Trump said in brief remarks before Tuesday’s meeting.

While experts say stemming the flow of drugs is part of any solution, many, including top administration officials, have said that law enforcement alone cannot end an addiction crisis. That points to the need to expand treatment for people who are already addicted to opioids, experts say.

Further Reading:


Bucks County DA Matthew D. Weintraub speaks about the opioid epidemic "task force"

John Mack attended a Langhorne Rotary Club luncheon on Thursday, July 27, 2017, where Bucks County DA Matthew D. Weintraub spoke about the opioid epidemic "task force". A key component of the Task Force is the "Push the Pusher Out" campaign, which encourages people to "report drug activity" and receive up to $5,000 in rewards.

While John agrees that drug pushers need to be found and arrested, he fears that many minor drug users will be caught up in the net, while the really BIG opioid pushes, i.e., drug companies like KVK Tech (see here), are ignored. Mack made this point to DA Weintraub. Listen to his comments near the end of the following video clip.

 

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