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Inside the Growing Prescription Pill Epidemic That’s Ravaging Communities…

In Around the web on April 11, 2012 at 6:48 am

From ALTERNET

What started out as a situation in poor isolated areas of the country left to their own devices has taken root and spread, across Appalachia and beyond…

[...] As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps warning, prescription drug abuse is spreading. Pills, especially Xanax, the anti-anxiety drug manufactured by Pfizer, and Vicodin, Loracet and Lortabs, highly addictive opioid painkillers familiar to anyone who has had a wisdom tooth removed, are being abused more and more, all over. What started out as a situation in poor isolated areas of the country left to their own devices has taken root and spread, across Appalachia and beyond…

In Williamson, Mingo County’s big city, with 3,000 residents, a man arrested for robbing a house admitted to another robbery where he and a cohort stalked an 85-year-old man, busted into his house, beat him to the floor and stole $340 from his wallet. Police said the man admitted he used the money he stole from the elderly man to buy pills. The Williamson police chief advised residents to lock their doors and windows and be vigilant.

Shootings have become news briefs. On April 2, a 33-year-old Mingo County woman, an admitted pill addict, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for shooting her husband to death during an argument.

Too many pill stories have knocked the shock out of the populace. Southwest West Virginia in the age of pilling is like a country that has been living with war for so long, people could barely remember peace.

Ask people how pilling started and most blame coal mining and Oxycontin. Miners spend much of their time in backbreaking positions, crouched, bent and folded over, and men anxious to keep their jobs have long relied on strong painkillers to keep going. Oxycontin began making the rounds here in the late 1990s. Its maker, Purdue Pharma, touted it aggressively to doctors as a safer alternative to hydrocodone-based pills like Percocet or Vicodin because of its time-release formulation…

Complete article here
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  1. OK. But where is the comment on the manufactuers themselves, the folks most able to block unethical distribution? This, like virtually every other “news” story is enabling the corporate cover up. Yesterday I spent several hundred dollars buying a month’s supply, at twenty dollars a pill, of a nescessary medicine. Extortion anyone? There is litterally no crime that the ethical drug industry (no kidding that is the technical name for the perscription pharmecetical industry) has not exploited, including premeditated mass murder, to reap the loot.

    herb

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