Greed drives a disregard for human life

A drug database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States reveals an unprecedented look at the surge of legal pain pills that fueled the prescription opioid epidemic.

And while we’ve focused on Purdue Pharmaceuticals, it turns out that a company located where I live in Richmond, VA, Mckesson, was actually the number one distributor of opioids– selling and pushing over fourteen billion pills between 2006 -2012. Purdue was actually fourth.

Both the drug companies and the pharmacies fought the release of this drug database. And a West Virginia newspaper took them on and asked the Washington Post to partner with them to force the release these records starting in 2016.

How does anyone with a conscious ignore nearly 100,000 deaths from 2006 through 2012? The answer is greed. As long as people were making money, it was easy to ignore lives lost. What kind of people do that?

I struggle to begin to understand how many fought the release of this information that tracks the transactional data of every pain pill sold in the United States.

Thank you Amy S for sharing the article and there is a link below.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

2 thoughts on “Greed drives a disregard for human life”

  1. The statistics in this article were staggering. And enlightening. So very sad. The dark backstory of the opioid crisis is coming out and greed is at the very root of it all, as you said.

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