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Showing posts from April, 2018

48.3 miillion dollars buys a whole lot of margaritas: Canada takes on Purdue

Canada reported 4,00o fatal opiate overdoses last year and movement is underway to seek settlement from companies who not only under-reported the addictive effects of opiods, but also promoted their product to physicians through "perks" such as lavish vacations. According to Andrea Woo of  The Globe and Mail (Vancouver):
"Ten of Canada’s largest pharmaceutical companies have voluntarily disclosed that they spent at least $48.3-million collectively on payments to physicians and health-care organizations in 2016, but critics say the figures are incomplete and fall well short of genuine transparency."

$48.3 million?  Even if it is under-reported, it sure sounds like a whole lot of wining and dining and fancy hotel rooms to me.

Perdue Pharma LD has already paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in civil and criminal proceedings in the US in settlements related to their misleading information regarding OxyConton.  Although Perdue has not made a submission of guilt in Ca…

Authentic help..a ride to treatment!

I just love stories like this...

   Uber has teamed up with Goodwill in a pilot program to provide free transportation for Virginians trying to get to treatment services for opiate addiction.  If you have read my book, The Weight of a Feather: A Mother's Journey through the Opiate Addiction Crisis, you know I am a real fan of real help, not talk about help, not referral for help but genuine help, when you need it.

    Transportation is formidable obstacle in the way of treatment.  Transportation takes money and worse yet, when you live in an area without public transportation and you don't have access to a car, lack of transportation may be the bullet that kills any opportunity for treatment.  Sue Medeiros from the Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services Department seems to have nailed it with her comment: "There's often a very small window when the individual is open to treatment--so we have to be ready with whatever we have."  Amen.


The Power of Stories: Trump's New Initiative

"There is power in stories."  As the opiate crisis continues, we hear this comment more and more.  However, its overuse does not in any way undermine the truth of the statement.

A couple of days ago President Trump began soliciting stories of recovery--labeling the current situation as the crisis next door-- and already the link is flooded with stories of recovery.  So often the media focuses on overdoses, a way to convey the exigency of the current situation and elicit sympathy rather than distain for those impacted by addiction.  And yet for every tragic story, there are thousands of stories that have satisfactory, if not happy endings.

I think President Trump's initiative has potential.  Although addiction may leave a path of destruction and heartbreak in its wake, it is not, after all, a death sentence.  Millions have found a pathway to recovery. Just a few years ago, a person looking for treatment faced one obstacle after another--hospital and insurance policies, la…