Monthly Archives: February 2019

The Root of the Opioid Epidemic has always been at the Top – the FDA. Now let’s do something about it!

The headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is shown in Silver Spring near Washington

It’s time for “ready, aim, fire” to sweep the FDA and HHS clean and save lives — not enable the pharmaceutical industry to earns billions of dollars while we continue to lose a future generation compliments of agencies failing to protect the American people.

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) In my 17 years of writing and speaking of the ever worsening prescription opioid epidemic, I have maintained that the root of the epidemic is at the top — the FDA.  Purdue Pharma, maker of the highly addictive and dangerous opioid, OxyContin unleashed a holocaust of deaths and addictions by working with the FDA to win approval for long-term use of opioids — in particular OxyContin.  I have worked with Attorneys General, attorneys, elected officials, physicians and entities who were as determined as me to expose the FDA and Purdue Pharma for their parts in encouraging opioids for long-term use.

Senator Lamar Alexander were you duped by the U.S. Pain Foundation?

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Let me know Senator Alexander when you will be holding a hearing for family members to testify how their loved ones were prescribed dangerous opioids, became addicted and died because of criminal marketing by pharma. 

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) On February 12, the National Director of Policy and Advocacy for the U.S. Pain Foundation testified at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The hearing “Managing Pain During the Opioid Crisis” was chaired by U.S. Senator Alexander.   The National Director arrived on the Senate floor laying on a cot and at the point of testimony, transferred to sitting in a chair.  In 2015, she had testified in front of the U.S. Senate laying on a yoga mat holding a microphone.

Kentucky your drug epidemic has a name and a face — Meet Jon!

Jon, a resident of Kentucky, lost his life due to prescription drugs.

Jon’s sister wants answers — and is entitled to answers — as are the thousands of other families who have lost loved ones in drug torn counties like Butler, Kentucky.

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) By way of introduction, Kentucky this was Jon. He was a son, a father and a brother. He was loved by family and friends. On July 27, 2018 Jon died in a drug ravaged town in Butler County, Kentucky where the words “empowerment”, “prevention”, “education” and “treatment” are not used. Jon died of a drug overdose. The deaths have become a matter of daily routine and accepted — even by law enforcement. Why investigate the cause of death or who provided the drug(s) that ultimately kill residents of war torn towns in Kentucky? There will only be another “Jon” dying tomorrow and the next day and the day after.

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