The Stanislaus County Insider
Not a day goes by without hearing something about the heroin and opioid pill epidemic
. It’s all over the internet, the news media
and it’s getting attention. What is missing from the articles is why the suburbs
are targeted by heroin dealers or who is
paying the dealers to do it. Reports claim the heroin is coming from Mexico.
There is no question middle class America
is the target and the perpetrators are banking on your child’s addiction and worse so they
can point their finger at the pharmaceutical industry and say …you are responsible! They want you to believe the pharmaceutical
industry is evil and must be destroyed. (can you imagine the alternative). Are pharmaceutical companies to blame for heroin overdoses
and too many oxycontins on the street? Of course not. They are the manufacturers, not the distributors. Pharma's are getting
the blame for an epidemic that was caused by Mexican and Colombian nationals illegally entering our country to intentionally do
harm to our citizens. Pill Mills
and Pain Clinics
are also responsible.
Pain management clinics have thrived in California for years. To get in, a patient is referred by any primary care physician, including
some random medical marijuana doctor. Some conditions that qualify for services are arthritis and abdominal, back and face pain. There
are over 500 pain management clinics listed in the online yellow pages
in Los Angeles alone.
Pain clinics are known to encourage clients to use very strong addictive medications, even when it’s not necessary to prescribe such
a heavy dose of drugs and even when the client objects. I spoke with an amputee, he told me he was encouraged to use
very strong pain medications given only to cancer patients. He also told me the over prescribing of strong pain medication is normal
at these clinics, so much so that people often sell it on the street. He claimed he asked the pain clinic for 5 mg oxycontins
and was given 20 mg tablets instead. The beige 20 mg oxycontins sell for $40.00 each on the street. 10 mg oxycontins sell for
$10 to $20 each. 10 mg hydrocodone sell for $10 to $20.00 each. 5 mg vicodin sell for $10.00 each. Green oxycontins sell for $20.00.
Not only are pills over prescribed, patches are encouraged too.
Why if pain clinic’s as a rule randomly drug test their clients, and conduct pill counts, are clients still able to sell on the
street? More over, if the drugs are taken as prescribed how are so many people becoming addicted to them? You would think the state would
ensure these addiction clinics are held accountable for the sheer number of prescription drugs going out the door. Right?
Seattle’s City Attorney Pete Holmes (Democrat) along with Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (Demcorat) are suing pharmaceutical
Purdue Pharma, Cephalon, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Endo Health Solutions for the opioid crises, claiming the companies
deceived physicians and consumers about the dangers of opioid prescription painkillers. The state is only suing Purdue Pharma, the
makers of oxycontin and want to force the company to forfeit all profits made in Washington State. Seattle’s lawsuit 'would
seek to recover costs to the city because of the opioid epidemic.' Seattle hired Hagens Berman Sobol & Shapiro LLP
to handle the lawsuits for them. They are a national class-action law firm. The suits were filed on Sept. 28, 2017.
contributions tell a story. Attorney General Xavier Becerra's 'BECERRA FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL 2018'
list of campaign contributions
makes you wonder if California will join Washington State and Ohio in it’s attempt to destroy and dismantle the pharmaceutical
industry and it will be even more interesting to see what attorney’s group Xavier Becerra will choose to represent the state. Hagens
Berman Sobol & Shapiro LLP donated to his campaign and have an office located in Berkeley.
CRAIG SPIEGEL an attorney with HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP. Donated $1,000.00
BARBARA MAHONEY an attorney with HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO Donated $350.00
TYLER WEAVER an attorney with HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO Donated $1,000.00
JENIPHR BRECKENRIDGE an attorney with HAGENS BERMAN Donated $1,000.00
DAVID MOODY an attorney with HAGENS BERMAN Donated $1,000.00
The opioid crises is being used to target pharmaceutical industry.