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Harrison 12-03-2017 11:17 AM

Rethinking the cause of addictions
 
The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

By Johann Hari

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/johan...b_6506936.html

GravyBaby 07-10-2018 12:39 AM

Very cool read. Might I suggest a book that you might be interested in called Dreamland. It's an investigative journalistic view on the current opioid epidemic.

It details how the pharmaceutical company Purdue convinced doctors nationwide that opium was not addictive and got them to prescribe hundreds of millions of Oxicodone pills to people for any type of pain.

At the same time, cheap Mexican heroin was coming up in nonviolent trafficking cells in almost every major city that didn't already have heroin trafficking.

The result was hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions, making the switch to get addicted to the cheaper Mexican black tar heroin

Much like the rats in the experiment mentioned above, many of these people were on welfare and had lived lives that could have been better, but the vast new majority of addicts came from white suburbs where everything was in substantial excess.

A great read for sure :)

Harrison 07-14-2018 08:36 PM

Thanks for sharing this. Depressing as heck, but we need to know what's going on -- it has to be stopped.

GravyBaby 07-15-2018 06:35 PM

You're welcome! Yes, it is terrible. The good thing is that the country is starting to turn itself around at a grassroots level. It gets into that at the end of the book.

It really gives you hope that corporate greed and drug-running cartels can be toppled by enough public outcry.

It's just about getting people involved. Unfortunately, in this case, it has taken hundreds, it not thousands of deaths to get people to speak out against opiod abuse.

It took having opiod overdose becoming the leading national cause of accidental death to have anyone really look at it like an epidemic. Pretty crazy stuff. It has gone on for too long. Too much money lubricating people's pockets have allowed this to take such a stranglehold on the country at every level of class, race and profession.

beaverc 07-20-2018 04:57 PM

Gravy Baby You stated;

"At the same time, cheap Mexican heroin was coming up in nonviolent trafficking cells in almost every major city" ARE YOU IN LA LA LAND OR SOMETHING , NON-VIOLENT HEROINE TRAFFICKING CELLS DO NOT EXIST! , YET ANOTHER REASON TO EXPEDITE THE BUILDING OF THE WALL ! !

GravyBaby 07-22-2018 01:09 AM

Umm we're just chatting here. This isn't quite the place for political soap-boxing, nor do i care.

GravyBaby 07-22-2018 01:14 AM

Also, where's your signature. Are you even a spine patient? Quit lurking.

beaverc 07-23-2018 01:01 AM

"lurking"
 
Gravy Baby:bawling: FYI opioid not opiod ;)

randolf 07-31-2018 12:21 PM

big pharm and the US congress
 
another driver for the whole opioid epidemic is the fact that back in 2010 the entire US congress, bi-partisan, unanimous with Obama's rubber stamp all voted for legislation into law that took the teeth out of the DEA's ability to investigate or prosecute "red flags" in this very profitable venture of the drug companies. that was on 60 minutes months ago and repeated a few weeks ago.


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