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Last Post 08 Mar 2018 09:57 PM by  Trish Chalmers
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Lloyd Grubb
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01 Feb 2018 08:50 AM
    West Virginia town of 3,200 was flooded with nearly 21 million pain pills as addiction crisis worsend, lawmakers say.

    Excerpts below: During that time, Tug Valley Pharmacy received more than 10.2 million pills and Hurley Drug Company received more than 10.5 million pills, according to Drug Enforcement Administration data that was provided to the committee.

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has been investigating the opioid epidemic, revealed that 20.8 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills have been delivered to Williamson, W.Va., a town with a community college, a rail yard — and fewer than 3,200 residents, according to the most recent Census figures. That's more than 6,500 pills per person — though not all of the painkillers stayed in Williamson.

    During that time, Tug Valley Pharmacy received more than 10.2 million pills and Hurley Drug Company received more than 10.5 million pills, according to Drug Enforcement Administration data that was provided to the committee.

    And distributor H.D. Smith, the committee said, provided the pharmacies with nearly 5 million pills between 2007 and 2008. “West Virginia court documents suggest that at one point, H.D. Smith provided the two pharmacies with 39,000 hydrocodone pills over a two-day period in October 2007,” committee members wrote in the letter to the company.

    In 2015, more than 40 percent of the oxycodone prescriptions filled by Westside Pharmacy in Oceana were coming from the Virginia doctor, according to the committee’s letter. The following year, the Virginia Board of Medicine suspended the doctor’s license, finding his practice posed a “substantial danger to public health and safety.”

    In 2016, more than 42,000 people in the United States overdosed on opioids and died; 40 percent of those deaths were attributed to prescription painkillers, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. West Virginia, which has the highest opioid overdose rate in the nation, recorded 52 deaths per 100,000 people that year, according to the data.

    Hydrocodone and oxycodone are semisynthetic opioids used to treat pain. But hydrocodone (commonly known by brand names such as Vicodin) and oxycodone (OxyContin) can be highly addictive.

    As for Williamson, Mayor Charles Hatfield said in a long and impassioned email Wednesday that “my concern as Mayor is that NOW we are going to witness another round of bad practices and abuse of duties! Our regulators let us down, doctors forgot their Hippocratic oath and the rest of the parties up-and-down the chain of supply were motivated by greed.”

    Hatfield, who was elected in July, said he is worried about how federal and state agencies and elected officials will respond — in particular, whether they “are going to institutionalize the treatment of the opioid crises by massive funding of programs on a scale comparable to the failed 'war on poverty' programs that self-serve the agency and its vendors rather than truly find a solution.”

    “Our government regulatory agencies affect our lives more and more and with all their powers they could simply reduce/curtail the numbers of opioids available,” he wrote, adding: “The mechanism is already in place, but the motivation is/was not."

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    Trish Chalmers
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    08 Mar 2018 09:57 PM
    What I’m understanding from the opioid crisis is: This is sort of genocide, weeding out the weak! Decreasing the population, of course the driving factor is Greed, Covertness because everyone is making so much money off opioids that they do not care what it’s doing to society. The pharmaceutical companies are Nimrods and the doctors who write prescriptions without thought to the consequences are the architects that are building the tower to destroy God’s creation.
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