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Drug Lobbyists’ Effects on the Drug Epidemic

There was once a point in time where everybody talked and basked in the sunlight. They would go on picnics and take their significant other with them. A loaf of bread and a little bit of honey was all that was needed to bring a little bit of internal happiness. The world was a much safer place and things were considered quiet for the most part. This period of time was fleeting. The world became quick, fast and in a hurry as the booming of the new age came crashing down. Wars were started, finances became everything, and narcotics started popping up out of every corner and hole like a game of “whack a mole.” Addicts and alcoholics started springing up left and right as the stress and tension of the world continually increased. Men and women all over who were struggling with the burdens of life were now turning to chemicals and different ailments they were convinced would alleviate so many of these said problems. Yet we live in a world where this solution was not a solution but just a simple distraction from the real problems at hand. Not only that, but this solution is an impractical one at that and buying narcotics off the street isn’t always easy. So how do we combat a problem where there are thousands of people begging for an oblong pill shaped solution but can’t obtain such without certain risks of the law being involved? Well simply put, alternatives were then created and marketed as safer approved methods for fixing the noises going on upstairs. We’re of course referring to Big Pharma- just some of the drug lobbyists that have made a dirty living by preventing others to get the help they need.

But What Have These Drug Lobbyists Done?

One of the largest enemies to addicts and alcoholics are the pharmaceutical companies that essentially run a majority of this country. These drug lobbyists have the position to bargain with various departments of our government such as the Drug Enforcement Agency or the Food and Drug Administration. This world we live in that went and got itself in such a hurry ended up selling its soul for the individuals that bring in the most monetary value, unfortunately. What a time to be alive! So to the discrepancy of many, these companies push their narcotics and chemicals onto a world of people that are suffering. The big wig pharmaceutical companies push their antidepressants and anxiety medications onto individuals that are hurting and need real solutions. What ends up happening much of the time is kind of a revolving door of putting money into the pockets of these companies. Let’s say a specific individual is having a mental breakdown and their problems are X, Y, and Z. So this individual goes and visits a psychiatrist or a medical practitioner of some sort. Whether it is for physical or mental disability, this is a person who is reaching out for help of some sort. Sadly, much of the time the physicians and medical staff get compensation or even commission on certain pharmaceuticals that they prescribe out to patients. In many cases, somebody gets prescribed medication “A.” However, medication “A’ solves the problem but then creates other issues. So our patient who is on medication “A” is now being prescribed medication “B” to fight the side effects of medication “A.” This pattern eventually continues until you have somebody who is on a plethora of medications and they have absolutely no idea as to why they are ingesting them daily or how each tiny pill actually benefits them in any manner. Often times there are patients who wind up on various substances they have no business being on or there was a much more effective drug that could’ve been prescribed in the first place that would’ve saved them money.

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Throughout all the chaos of medicines being shoveled in this direction, the chemical dependence would go on to rear its head for many. At the same time, there is always a supply and demand for a specific drug. It really doesn’t matter what it is, somebody will want it if you have it. Well, this concept is where half of the trouble really begins. These same drug lobbyists that are promoting their drugs as helpful elucidations are also causing more problems by putting them in the hands of irresponsible people that can easily bring others down. It’s a large case of butterfly effect at its finest. Hence you have what has helped create one of the largest drug epidemics ever. Opiates are one of the big ones that are being tossed left and right to old and new addicts everywhere.

The opiate epidemic is the biggest issue to hit the United States in regards to addiction since the crack-cocaine epidemic of the 1980s. Not only are people getting hooked and becoming dependent on pain relieving chemicals they don’t need, but they are dropping like flies because of it. The problem with drugs today is that they are too good now. The potencies have gone up as the demand for more has increased.  In an article listed in Fortune magazine, it estimated that roughly 254 million opiate/opioid prescriptions were filled in just the year of 2010. This whopping amount of prescriptions written out was enough to not only dose every adult in America daily for a month, but it was also a ridiculous amount of scripts written that gained the Pharmaceutical companies $11 billion in revenue that year. If that’s not making a case then I don’t know what will. These companies such as Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Watson Pharmaceuticals and more have all paved the way for the rise in addiction over the last two decades. They have made it so that finding chemical relief is equivocated to that of chemical paradise. Yet you never hear directly from the companies themselves. It’s all money related and always there is some other drug lobbyist who can be bought for the right price and endorse such substances commercially. At the end of the day, there will always be that supply and demand, but being informed can help you from winding in a multitude of institutions- or even more commonly, somewhere in a hole 6 feet deep.

Lobby Right Back at Them

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