Monthly Archives: February 2018

Let The Opioid Lawsuits Begin …

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Billions of dollars have been funneled from public and private health care plans into the pockets of pharmaceuticals.

In recent years, a primary source of repeating and extremely profitable sources of activity involve the prescription of opioids to unsuspecting patients.

And now it looks like some jurisdictions, starting with Camden County, New Jersey, are about to fight back.

Camden County filed a pioneering lawsuit against several drug manufacturers and distributors Wednesday, seeking to recover millions of dollars the local government has spent combating the opioid crisis over the last decade.

The suit is the first of its kind to attack pharmaceutical companies for their role in the deadly epidemic under state racketeering laws typically used to fight bribery, extortion, and other fraudulent practices, officials said.

… Named in the suit are more than a dozen drug manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. In what officials described as an unprecedented move, three members of the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, are also listed as defendants.

“The Sackler family … in our minds, are no different than members of a drug cartel that distribute drugs illegally or the drug pushers on our streets,” said Camden County Freeholder Louis Cappelli, Jr. as he stood among victims of the epidemic and members of the county’s Addiction Awareness Task Force outside of Camden’s Hall of Justice.

A representative for the family was not immediately available for comment.

This is big folks.

The first step in solving the issues inherent in the runaway opioid crisis in North America is to stop the pharmaceutical companies from pushing them on doctors and again stopping doctors from pushing them on patients.

It’s time these companies start taking responsibility for their actions and profiting at the expense of society at large.

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An Apt Summary of the Gun Crisis in the US

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Republican Priorities Suck

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Guns: The Simple Solution for the US

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In the wake of ANOTHER mass shooting in the US, AGAIN with a high-powered automatic rifle, ripping the lives of many young kids and adults from their parents, I have a simple solution.

Of course, we know that banning guns isn’t possible and, frankly, will only drive the market underground.

And, as Donald Trump asks, mental might tweak the issue very slightly, but it still won’t reduce the volume of guns that are available on the market. Of course, it would also fuel the pharmaceutical industry which we know lines the pockets of most politicians in the US.

I have a different approach: tax the hell out of them.

It looks like an automatic weapon in the US might cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500.

I propose a $5,000 per weapon tax on any weapon purchased in the US.

Would it drive transactions underground?  Sure it would.

But if the action saves just one life because someone having a rough day is slowed down from purchasing a new weapon, I think it’s worth considering.

And if you want to moderate the bitching and moaning from the Second Amendment folks?  Say it’s temporary.  The ‘withholding tax’ would be applied and returned within 180 days of the original purchase.

Of course, you’d have to do the same thing with ammunition.  A box of shells or bullets might have a 1,000% levy assigned to them, refundable within 90 days.

Again, these actions might just be enough to slow someone down from spraying death all over the next generation of Americans.

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London, ON Catholic Diocese: “We Won’t Be Bullied”

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Give me a break!

“We won’t be bullied”.

So don’t.  No one is asking you to take public money for your ancient, patronizing and controlling stance on women’s rights.

A London, Ontario Catholic Diocese has been caught complaining about federal government rules concerning funding for programs, including employment handouts.

I’m sure at least $4 million per year for the London area alone will go to much more beneficial programs that don’t include alienating women.

Under the new government, any funding for programs must be consistent with government policy concerning women’s rights and reproductive rights, including the right to abortion.

I suggest the next step should be to remove tax-exempt status for religious institutions.

That’s right … we can go down that path if you want.

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Opioids: Another (US) Pharma Gunning For Handouts

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Opioids.

A problem created by pharma companies.

‘Solutions’ provided by pharma companies.

A new story like this boils my blood.

The American company basically wants public handouts from Canadian governments to install drug dispensaries in public places.

NO. NO. NO.

Have they considered the theft aspect of leaving a highly addictive drug in public places? Damages? Insurance.

No.  This does not come up in the article.

Did they mention that prescriptions of opioids should be banned in Canada first before taking this next step in making the drugs widely available to the public?

No. A ban was not discussed.

Oh, and thank you CBC for being the PR mouthpiece and doing all their heavy lifting for them in terms of public ‘education’.

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