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Is “Harm Reduction” actually “Harm Promotion” in the opioid/drug epidemic?

Ryan Hampton

As a tsunami of death continued for almost two decades, billions of dollars was being made with the value on human life not a concern. 

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) Anyone questioning how the U.S. has become a killing field in the opioid/drug epidemic going back randomly to 1999?  Let me break it down for you in simplified terms taken from the National Register as follows:

  • In 1995, the amount of kilos of oxycodone approved for sale in the U.S. was 4,794,000.
  • In 1999, the amount of kilos of oxycodone approved for sale in the U.S. was 15,120,000
  • In 2013, the amount of kilos of oxycodone approved for sale in the U.S. was 153,750,000 (32x’s the 1995 volume)
  • In 2019, the amount of kilos of oxycodone approved for sale in the U.S. was 79,596,606 (16.5x’s the 1995 volume)

Was the opioid epidemic allowed to become an intentional “killing field?”

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Every governor, every senator, every congressman, every attorney general along with the FDA was aware of this out of control “man manufactured” epidemic and did nothing.

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH)  On January 16, The Washington Post published a “breaking” article on 76 billion opioid pills unmasking the epidemic.  Further they stated that in the many lawsuits filed across the country against the pharmaceutical industry, “plaintiffs have long accused drug manufacturers and wholesales of fueling the opioid epidemic by producing and distributing billions of pain pills while making billions of dollars.  The drug companies, along with the DEA and the Justice Department, have fought furiously against the public release of the database, the Automation of Reports and Consolidated Order System, known as ARCOS.  Until now, the litigation has proceeded in unusual secrecy.  Many filings and exhibits in the case have been sealed under a judicial protective order.  The secrecy finally lifted after The Post and HD Media, which publishes the Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia, waged a year-long legal battle for access to documents and data from the case.  On Monday evening, U.S. District Judge Dan Polster removed the protective order for part of the ARCOS data.  Lawyers for the local governments suing the companies hailed the release of the data.”

Russell Portenoy, MD profiting financially as expert in pharma lawsuits throughout US!

Russell Portenoy, MD

Portenoy, a “pain expert” in the medical community agreed to testify against the pharmaceutical defendants in ongoing and pending lawsuits brought by states and attorneys general throughout the country seeking billions of dollars associated with addictions and deaths ravaging our country.

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) I recently sent the below email to Mike Moore, attorney of tobacco industry multi-billion dollar settlement fame, now tackling the pharmaceutical industry in the opioid crisis crippling every state in the country.  The email was sent when I determined that Russell Portenoy, MD was going to be an “expert” testifying for states suing the pharmaceutical industry.  Some of those pharmaceutical companies are Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Endo, Teva, Janssen — the same pharmas promoting the use of opioids while minimizing the dangers and addictive qualities of the drugs — with the encouragement of Portenoy.

“Someone’s Child” — “My Addict” as written by a Forever Broken Mom

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I’ve seen a couple of posts or comments on FB from people talking negatively about addicts or addiction. Some thinking that an addict is worthless or less than everyone else. Let me assure you, that addict is everything to someone.

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) All day — every day so many of these faces come over to me. We are losing a generation of beautiful, young people. Do you think it is time to stop idolizing the “wannabe rock star advocates” and work on prevention, education and treatment like your child’s life depends on it?  Can a focus be put on “harm elimination” rather than “harm reduction?”

Purdue Pharma and the Sackler Family were exposed in 2007. Why was it ignored?

Raymond and Beverly Sackler.

Where was the outrage?

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) Consider how many lives could have been saved if those responsible for the prescription opioid epidemic had been charged under RICO.  Why should they have been charged and what exactly is RICO?  Here is a simplified definition for those not familiar.

Does FDA’s Janet Woodcock, MD need to be fired as a threat to the lives of Americans?

Janet Woodcock, M.D.

If the FDA under Woodcock’s direction is to be the “watchdog” of the American people in keeping them safe from dangerous drugs, maybe it’s time for the pit bull to be terminated in the interest of saving innumerable lives.

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) Janet Woodcock, MD is the Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  CDER determines what drugs are safe and effective to improve the quality of life for people in the United States and is promoted as overseeing testing in clinical trials.  However, clinical trials are more often than not conducted in the labs of the maker of the drug — not in the labs of the FDA.  The FDA relies on the pharmaceutical testing lab to advise of the outcome of their clinical trials.

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.

Purdue Pharma and “The Sacklers” Crimes Against Humanity!

Cover of Orlando Sentintinel

Was critical information withheld that potentially could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives to addiction and death as billions of dollars were put in the pockets of the perpetrators and their benefactors?

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH)  Attached are photos of the front page of The Orlando Sentinel who did an explosive series in October 2003 on Purdue Pharma and their deadly new drug, OxyContin. The series exposed the criminal marketing of OxyContin by Purdue Pharma in a 5 part series. You will not find this series on the Internet. Fortunately I have copies of the newspapers and will protect the name of the journalist who I consider a hero for the investigative work put into the series. The journalist was an award winning writer, who as a result of this series, caused Purdue Pharma to threaten The Orlando Sentinel and the journalist was unceremoniously terminated.

“FDA remove Sufentanil (Dsuvia) as you did Palladone in 2005! It’s dangerous!”

Janet Woodcock

Janet Woodcock, MD is current FDA Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.  Maybe she can advise under her watch — during an opioid epidemic in the U.S., why she does not question the dangers of Sufentanil (Dsuvia) being released on the American people.

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) In early 2005, I exposed Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, for marketing a dangerous opioid called Palladone.  In July 2005, Palladone was removed from the market following an FDA request because of “safety concerns”  An FDA news release stated that “serious and potentially fatal adverse reactions could occur when Palladone (hydromorphone hydrochloride) extended release capsules were taken together with alcohol.”  (See news release below).

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