Doctors In NJ Get Wealthy Helping Big Pharma Ignite Opioid Crisis

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We’ve all seen those who don’t understand just how addictive opioids are, blame the addict for his or her addiction. But now, new information is coming to light, and many doctors have raked in huge amounts of money by helping push these drugs on patients for Big Pharma while downplaying the addictive nature of the drug with intents to get more taking it.

The opioid crisis is the fault of Big Pharma and it was all done in the name of money. While many die on the streets, their friends and family assume it’s just a “cake walk” to quit, all while Congress protects lobbyists, so doctors can continue to prescribe the dangerous drugs that are making them wealthy.

The most powerful opioid ever mass-marketed was designed to ease cancer patients into death. The drug is fast acting, powerful enough to tame pain that other opioids can’t, and comes in a variety of easy delivery methods, including patches and lollipops. A dose the size of a grain of sand can kill you, and the effects of addiction are often immediate.Usage quickly becomes necessary, and withdrawal effects are slow and painful for the user.

Meet fentanyl. It’s heroin on steroids and it’s killing people in droves. None of that stopped Big Pharma and the doctors in bed with them from prescribing these drugs in terrifying quantities in the state of New Jersey. In New Jersey, you can get fentanyl after having your tonsils removed. But that isn’t all. Doctors who treat children’s colds and adult’s sore knees are prescribing it with alarming frequency, far more often than oncologists who seek to ease end-of-life cancer pain.

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The surge is stoked by companies that shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to doctors, wining and dining them in hopes of convincing them that their particular brand of fentanyl is the solution to all their patients’ pain problems. And American doctors are falling for it and getting rich, while we pay the price in death. “There are some powerful drivers of opioid prescriptions that have little to do with the presence of pain in the population,” said Dr. Caleb Alexander, co-director of the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness at Johns Hopkins University. And money is that driver.

It was noted that a New Jersey (NJ) Advance Media analysis has found that eight medical specialties in New Jersey have filed more Medicare claims for fentanyl than those by oncologists. Family practitioners, for example, filed at least five times as many claims for fentanyl from 2013 to 2015 than did cancer doctors. The study also showed that from 2013 to 2015, doctors in New Jersey were paid at least $1.67 million by pharmaceutical companies marketing various forms of fentanyl. In the same time period, fentanyl deaths in the garden state increased from 42 in 2013 to 417 in 2015.

While the stigma and blame is still on the addict and not those who actually push the drugs, there won’t be a solution. Many who take the drug simply trust their doctor to prescribe medication that they need, without knowing much about the potent pain-killer. Drug dealers are not the ones pushing their products on unsuspecting segments of the population. They simply provide a black market product that would not be needed in such large quantities if doctors and Big Pharma were held responsible by the public for this crisis.

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  • g.johnon

    so, this is only happening in new jersey?

    • No_name_Mcklusky

      Maybe I skimmed too quickly, but I don’t think they mentioned the way they keep people on high doses longer than they want to be. After a car accident and the subsequent three surgeries and two weeks in ICU, I was put on 150mg of Oxycontin a day (plus Vicodin). After more than a year of this I wanted off and tried to get the 50mg doses cut to 15mg, but increase the quantity from 90/month to 180 of the lower dose, which is a 40% REDUCTION…plus drop the Vicodin altogether making it a more than 50% reduction. That way I could better control how much I was taking, and when, and ween myself off of it.
      After 3-4 months of trying to get this to happen, and getting constant run-around, stonewalling, balking, etc., from my doctor, the insurance company and the pharmacy, I finally said eF all of you and went cold-turkey. The first two weeks were really bad physically and mentally. Severe depression and inability to think clearly, intense muscle spasms and cramps, and the wondrous phenomenon of ‘pain-rebound’…and no, I don’t live in NJ.

      • g.johnon

        way tp go mcklusky, another lie that we are repeatedly told is that we need help to quit an addiction. i quit tobacco and alcohol the same way you got off pain meds. it can be done, just takes will and commitment. proud of you brother.

        • SP_88

          Quitting smoking or drinking or pretty much any drug other than opiates is mostly a battle of willpower. Those are mostly a mental addiction.
          But stopping any opiate type drug like oxy’s or vicodin or even heroin is a whole different ballgame. There is a mental addiction involved to an extent, just like any other vice, but there is also the physical dependence. And that’s the part that gets people.
          If you are on a high enough dose for a long period of time, when you stop, the withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe. I’ve found that some people handle it better than others, but it’s a terrible feeling none the less. And getting clean from opiates is quite an achievement.
          Many people will stop using opiates until the withdrawal symptoms kick in, and then they will do whatever it takes to make it stop, including going out and buying heroin, which will get rid of the withdrawal symptoms of prescription painkillers…until it wears off. Then you’re a heroin addict. And that’s how a lot of people ended up becoming heroin addicts. They were once on prescription painkillers for some legitimate reason, then their doctor cut them off because they had healed or for whatever reason they no longer needed to take them. But instead of weaning them off, the doctor simply stopped prescribing them. It’s unfortunate, but many doctors simply do not understand how that works. And the patients usually learn that the hard way. It’s just not fair.
          A little bit of knowledge could go a long way.

          • No_name_Mcklusky

            Smoking is definitely a physical addiction (as is alcohol, but I don’t know iys specifics) as nicotine mimics the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which causes the body to make less and over time reduces the body’s ability to make acetylcholine. If someone smokes 4 pack a day for 30 years and tries to quit cold-turkey they’d likely find themselves going to the hospital, or graveyard.

            Although the particular neurotransmitter, or hormone, etc. differs, this effect is the crux of what makes drugs addictive and stressful to the body, both physically and mentally, to just quit. This is especially true for prescription drugs like prozac et al.

          • SP_88

            I completely agree. My only point was that opiate withdrawal symptoms are so much worse than any other withdrawal symptoms, by such a wide margin. And it only takes a couple of weeks.
            It’s like having the worst flu symptoms and adding restless leg syndrome and a complete inability to fall asleep at all, which makes it so you have zero relief from the symptoms for the whole couple of weeks or so that it takes for it to go away.
            When people who are on high doses of opiate pain medications stop taking them, the withdrawal symptoms can become life threatening.
            Believe me, it it’s the worst feeling ever. People grossly underestimate just how bad it is until they have to go through it themselves. It’s really, really bad.

          • No_name_Mcklusky

            No argument about how much it sucks, been there, done that. Just pointing out that quitting smoking is more than just will power. That makes it sound like people who smoke are weak and don’t really have much withdrawal to deal with.

            I had the will power, and determination, and prepared myself to be completely useless to my kids for the first two weeks of torment when I quit the oxy’s…..but I still smoke.

            As a side note, I did quit smoking twenty-some years ago, lasted two years. I couldn’t do it without stopping social drinking and also stopped having the occasional toke (needed a smoke after either of those activities). The cravings and desire never went away. Was told that after 6 months the excessive phlegm and mucus production would stop, it didn’t. It got worse, and my asthma got worse and I ended up needing an inhaler again…although, I now think the asthma’s return was because I stopped the occasional toke.

            Then, mostly because of being in sales with a billion dollar company which practically required drinking and smoking, i fell off that wagon. A few years after that I started having the occasional toke again, and soon after I stopped needing an asthma inhaler….recently read a study from Univ. San Francisco that smoking weed helps people with breathing problems, asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis, et al. More than 50% of the participants no longer needed their prescription meds, over 80% breathed easier and used lees meds.

            This is getting long winded, but just a mention that tobacco itself is a ruse, a boogyman getting blamed for every ailment, hiding the real sources. There’s even been news stories of Lymphoma being caused by third-hand smoke (yeah that’s right, third-hand smoke, not second-hand smoke in the air around a person having a cigarette, but residue left after all the smoke has cleared). There’s more than one reason why big tobacco started using fillers and adding dozens of nasty chemicals, it’s not just cost-savings and increasing the addictive properties.

            No, I’m not a big-tobacco shill and I am not recommending people start the habit, but if you do smoke go organic/filler and additive free tobacco…and expect to go through a bit of withdrawal when you make the switch.

          • SP_88

            Yeah, smoking is very difficult to quit. I certainly didn’t mean to make it sound like it’s no big deal. Your story sounds a lot like mine. Smoked for years. Quit. It lasted seven years, but I still smoked pot. Quit pot. Started smoking cigarettes again. Still do. And I cringe at the very thought of quitting smoking again. And I don’t even enjoy it.
            At different points in my life, I’ve smoked one or the other or both. And I can tell you that I could breathe much better when I was only smoking pot. The cigarettes are killing me.
            And I would bet that when big tobacco starts selling weed, that will kill people too.
            There’s something about toxic chemicals that just doesn’t work well with the human body. 🙂
            Getting good quality tobacco and rolling your own cigarettes is definitely the way to go.
            I thought about vaping, but I’m not sure it’s what I really want. I don’t know if it’s good for you or not. It seems like an unknown at this point.

  • TrevorD

    “fault of Big Pharma and it was all done in the name of money”
    Money for the puppets for sure but dumbing down and depopulation for the Puppet Masters is the real goal.

    • el Gallinazo

      Right on. First they make you stupid and sick, and then they cull you. At the “highest” levels, its eugenics. Like the Georgia Guide Stones say, no more than 500 million. That is a 93% culling. But I say that the “elites” should go first. Long rope and lamp posts. And the MD’s are the worst pushers on the planet. All they know is allopathic medicine. Research how John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie with the Flexner brothers report ruined American medicine in the first decade of the 20th century.

  • SP_88

    This is a problem specifically with fentanyl and doctors who are prescribing it irresponsibly. And there is no reason for this to cause problems with any other opiate pain medications.
    Furthermore, it is irresponsible and misleading to call this an “opiate death epidemic”. It’s not. It is a fentanyl prescribing problem. And that has caused some fatalities.
    Unfortunately, because of all the scare mongering, doctors are afraid to prescribe pain medication because they have been threatened with losing their license to practice. As a result, many legitimate pain patients are being unfairly treated.
    There is already a stigma attached to being on pain medication. Everyone thinks you are a junkie or that you are being a baby about it and you should just suck it up and deal with it. And this latest campaign to sensationalize every death that can somehow be connected to any type of opiate, legal or illegal, has only made this worse.
    My wife was seeing a pain management specialist for almost twenty years. And everything was fine. Her quality of life was good. But suddenly the DEA started snooping around and screwing with all the doctors in our area. As a result, the pain clinic was forced to lower the amount of pain medication they were prescribing in order to meet some arbitrary criteria they were given. They weren’t forced to lower the amount of medication for each patient, they were forced to lower the total amount of medication they were prescribing. And because it would have been absolutely impossible to treat any of their patients while meeting these criteria, the clinic was forced to stop treating about half of their patients. So they told their patients that they were no longer able to see them.
    The clinic dumped a bunch of patients, then looked at the amount of medication they were prescribing. And when it wasn’t low enough, they dumped another bunch of patients and checked again. They had told my wife that she was not going to be among the patients who were let go. But when they were still unable to meet their goals, she ended up being let go with the last of the patients they got rid of. And by then, all the other patients who had been let go, and there were a lot of them, had gone and filled all the available spots at the other doctors and clinics in the area. Consequently, it was very difficult to find another doctor to treat her.
    When she finally did find another doctor, he wasn’t willing to prescribe the same amount of medication she had been on before. And this new doctor already knows about the DEA and their arbitrary guidelines for prescribing opiate pain medication. And he doesn’t want to draw attention from them by giving her the amount of medication she needs.
    Basically, all this controversy has created a huge problem for people who have done nothing wrong.
    So I don’t understand why all these patients are being put through all this nonsense and being made to suffer just so some bureaucrats can look like they are doing something. And it’s not like they have done anything to solve any problems. None of these things are going to help anyone or any thing.
    It’s nothing more than a cosmetic non-solution designed to impress simpletons. And it’s causing more harm than good in the process.