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If you are a heroine dealer, or a chemically derived opioid dealer, this is your wake up call. Get out of the opioid business. If you deal any form of opioid, you deal death, and it deserves to be dealt back to you.

Earlier this weekend I had the horrible, but apparently all too common experience of finding someone overdosing in a convenience store bathroom.  She was found sitting on the floor with her head laying up against the door of  the closet inside the only restroom in the store.  She was already cyanotic, turning blue around the mouth, and having great difficulty breathing.  The needle was broken off in her arm.

If someone else who came into the store had not had to go to the bathroom, we would not have found her in time.  Since the key was missing, we thought that someone may have left the key inside the restroom, since there had been no response to the knock on the door.  We used the other store key to get it open.  That’s when we found her, with her face mashed against the utility room door in all her sad glory. My shout for my other store associate drew the attention of the other customers.

Fortunately for this young woman, one of the of the other customers in the store at the time was an LPN who had been issued Narcan in case she ran across anyone in need.  Indeed, this tragic behavior is becoming so commonplace that it is even likely that there will be a need. The user of the drug was given two doses of Narcan before the ambulance  was able to get there. She was conscious when the emergency personnel came into the store and didn’t choose to go to the hospital. The emergency personnel did pull the broken needle out of her arm for her though.

Unfortunately for her, she is still addicted and is likely to do this again.  There were six other overdoses in the nearby apartments just the same morning.  That’s seven that we know of in a two block area.  911 was called for them as well. Narcan was administered and all survived, this time.

The antidote is administered freely, and there are no consequences at all for anyone involved. We pity the poor addicted users of these horrendous drugs and turn them all back loose, knowing full well that they will continue to abuse the drugs until they die of them.   In other words, we pity them to death. This response MUST end.   It is an utterly unworkable counter to a problem that is costing our society a whole generation of mostly young adults, and young parents.

A couple of generations ago, the foolish actions of youth might give one a solid scare, but only rarely took their lives. Now, the loss of life is all too frequent, and so too, the orphaning of their children. The cost of caring for these, our future generation, alone is overwhelming to our overburdened societal structure.  This cost is the least reprehensible and most tragic result of what has to be a deliberate flooding of the market with such a deadly addicting disease. If this were smallpox, we would mandate a cure for it immediately.  We are after all required to be vaccinated for far less deadly diseases than this one; Measles rarely kills it’s victims,  chicken pox almost never kills anyone, and I’ve never heard of anyone dying of chlamydia, but there’s a vaccine for it.

Since these much less deadly conditions are required by our government to be treated and nullified so as not to be a problem anymore; you would think that something as easily spread and ghastly addicting as opioids would get a far more aggressive approach to ridding our society of it.  The number of absent labor hours, the loss of productive spending on items with real value, the stolen property, the payouts for the police and emergency forces to respond to related issues, the costs of trials, and prison housing, and the children who grow up without their parents, or with them while having to live with the effects of the drug on them; these costs are egregious, and should be all the incentive we need, as a society, to understand that allowing the continuation of this evil among us is intolerable.

There should be every effort to take these suffering souls in to therapy and detoxification to rid them of any desire to take theses drugs again.  While in therapy, see to it that they are guided through any type of education necessary to assure that they have the skills necessary for real survival without the drugs in their lives.

As for those who conspire to produce and promote a drug almost purely for profit, without any thought of the effects it will have on the end user, or their families, or the society in which they operate? Yes, I’m talking about the pharmaceutical companies, and their shareholders as well; you all have a part in creating and maintaining this national nightmare. You have the costs of all this human destruction on your hands.

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Once upon a time in the seventies, the elderly were using a simple solution for pain and arthritis called DMSO.  It worked well.  You could smell it on people. It smelled like a mixture of garlic and corn.   Mostly corn. Sometimes the elderly would also use almond oil when getting massages; then they would smell like almond and garlic and corn, but they felt good all over. It wasn’t expensive either, and it wasn’t necessarily dangerous, unless it was misused, but a set of instructions on the proper use of it could be issued so people wouldn’t hurt themselves or others.  Mix two parts pure DMSO with one part distilled water, spray or pat onto the affected area, and let dry.  Don’t mix it with any other ingredients.

DMSO is a naturally occurring substance found in the oceans, which is why when you go swimming in unpolluted ocean waters, you feel so good. It sinks straight through the skin.  It carries the minerals from the ocean waters into your system with it. DMSO is also a byproduct of the paper-making process, which is why it’s so easily available and inexpensive to purchase. If it could have been patented and it’s use restricted by the pharmaceutical companies, we would all be using it for relief of pain at highly exorbitant prices.

Since it couldn’t be patented, and it was getting popular for pain treatment, the pharmaceutical companies decided it had to be removed from the market.  The nineteen-seventies was the time that the pharmaceutical companies were beginning to manufacture an opioid derivative called Oxycontin, they wanted that arthritis market for themselves, and any other kind of pain market they could expand into.  So a concerted campaign was begun to remove DMSO from human usage. Of course they packaged their argument in neater language, and made it sound like it wasn’t really a conspiracy to deprive the public of a cheap, effective alternative treatment for pain, and inflammation.

It was almost removed from any kind of usage, but the horse industry, on which DMSO was used very effectively for the swollen ligaments of race horses, objected, and veterinarians objected because it worked so well for animals with arthritis. The use of DMSO was limited for use on damaged animal ligaments, and for animals in pain from arthritis. It can now be found in the horse liniment aisle of your local farm store.  Don’t tell the farm store people that you want to use it on yourself, that would get it pulled from their shelves and made unavailable for personally administered animal husbandry.  Tell them you want to try it for your dog, or your neighbors dog who suffers from arthritis.  Recently, there are new methods of using DMSO, such as topically applied gels, etc.  that are available over the internet. I am not familiar with them, and do not know what they are mixed with. Anything DMSO is mixed with will go through your skin into your circulatory system.  Do some research before you apply any product.

It should be understood that the pharmaceutical industry isn’t all by itself in this campaign to remove competition.  The pharmaceutical companies are derivatives of the big oil companies. You see, synthetic drugs are often created from oil derivatives, so it behooves the oil companies to spend money influencing decisions that affect their down-line profit sectors.

While we are on the subject of related financially influenced support;  our congressmen and women who make the laws are not subject to the same insider trading rules that the rest of us are subject to. They decide what laws will be applied or are going to be applied, and know ahead of time how those laws will affect the stock price of any given industry.  They often invest in those stocks that the laws they are about to pass affect.  It does help explain how some of our congressmen and women got so rich while in office.   Look at their voting records.  Many (but not all) of our elected officials are also guilty co-conspirators in this suppression of simple, effective remedies for pain, and other natural effective treatments.  In that, they are also complicit in the deaths of all these individuals over dosing on opioids, legally prescribed or not.

As an additional means of re-enforcing their profit margins, our lawmakers instituted the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which determines which drugs or applications for treating health are allowed support, and which will be suppressed.  The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), is the strong arm enforcement controlling the sale of illicit drugs, and going after anyone who dares to defy the officially sanctioned line of available narcotics. Woe to anyone who gets in the way of the Holy God of Profits. We are all required to bow down before the edicts of  the pharmaceutical industry’s desires.

The Physician’s industry instituted the AMA (American Medical Association) which purports to License physicians, without whose approval no doctor is allowed to practice (they can be sued for practicing medicine without a license, even though they are very well trained).  The nutritional avenue of health has been downplayed and subverted in favor of encouraging people to take a  medically prescribed and controlled treatment for every ailment that comes about from malnutrition.  There are a whole host of symptoms that can be expensively countered, but never cured, by the chemically derived drugs of the pharmaceutical industry.

To make matters worse,  the big agricultural enterprises,  backed by the USDA, who are now also subsidiaries of some of the largest oil companies are contributing to this nutritional disaster by encouraging the use of Glyphosates as pest control, and discouraging traditional farm practices. The biggest agricultural research firms are further exacerbating the destruction of our bodies natural  ability to heal itself by adding, splicing in other material, and subtracting bits and pieces of the plant DNA in ways that appear to be beneficial, because we get so much more product, but which, in reality have many negative effects on those who eat the genetically modified outcome.  There are better, natural ways to increase plant yield.

So what does all of that have to do with illegal opioid narcotics?  Just look at the sheer volume of it.  It’s being manufactured somewhere, and distributed all over our streets. Opioid derivatives were overprescribed for any complaint of pain.  As opioids do, they caused addictions in the people it was prescribed to, but as most pharmaceuticals are, it was also expensive.  Suddenly, after a couple of decades of less popularity (think Janice Joplins death from a heroin overdose) there is a whole lot of heroin and other opioid derivatives flooding the streets.  This product didn’t get out there all by itself.  It was brought here. It’s both dangerous and expensive to get that much product onto the streets.  It’s pretty obvious when you think about it. This community death dealer has big money and heavy hitting power backers behind it.

This is where the Narcan comes in, which is also a pharmaceutical product.  After all the damage is done now the sympathy for the poor addicted souls naturally gets the people to accept the cost of this government provided band-aid solution.  It doesn’t cure anything, but it does increase and prolong the profits back to the pharmaceutical companies.

Does my objection to this mean that I don’t want the Narcan to be used to save these lives? No. It means that the Narcan should be the first step, not the only step, to first saving and then turning people’s lives around. Without the removal of the addiction, administering the anti-dote won’t do much good.  The pharmaceutical companies need to finance the whole solution.  As for the dealers, the street traffickers, the mules, and indeed the actual manufacturers of this deadly epidemic, I offer the following thoughts on what could be done to correct this course:

  1. The leaders who have contributed to this profit making  snake oil approach to medicine should be tried for crimes against humanity. All their assets and income should be seized and used to help correct the problem which their unethical, with total disregard for the actual human costs profit plotting created.
  2. The pharmaceutical companies should all be nationalized and turned into non-profit organizations dedicated not only to saving lives, but to using all the income from the sale of what few really good products they have for: correcting their past mistakes, financing the raising of all these orphans, supplementing any income necessary to get the surviving victims off of opioid addiction, and provide financial support for training in real nutrition, gardening, animal husbandry, and other seriously life sustaining activities.
  3. The up-line oil companies should be required to send a letter of apology to each and every surviving family member affected by the lack of oversight contributing to the unethical behavior of their down-line companies.
  4. Congressmen and women who profited from pharmaceutical companies who make opioid products stocks, making laws which allowed pharmaceutical companies not only a free hand in pursuit of profits, but a nefarious hand as well,  should not only step down, but also be required to apologize to their constituents in a public forum.  Since the companies are nationalized, their stocks won’t be worth anything anymore; they lose their investment.
  5. The FDA needs to be shut down.
  6. If the DEA can’t do a better job of preventing these deadly drugs from getting to the streets, they should be disbanded too.
  7. Legalize Marijuana so the sale of it is not done through the same dealers. Relatively harmless products should not be prosecuted the same way as deadly ones.  As is plainly evident, heroine, and opioid derivatives are deadly in addiction.
  8. Catch the dealers, and traffickers of opioids/heroine/fentanyl, etc. and after a speedy but fair trial, if found guilty, hang them. Death to dealers! should become a new national motto.  If the dealers know that they will not get away with this crime, perhaps they will feel more inclined to give up the names of those who set them up in the business, so they aren’t the only one to pay for this perfidy with their lives. Anyone found guilty of facilitating the sale of these deadly addictive drugs on the streets, or of over prescribing them for use outside of a hospital should be up for consideration in the hangings.

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Nationally, we are uncomfortable with hanging, as we should be. This is a form of execution with overlapping resonances in many other areas. I suggest this precisely because it has so much resonance.  I suggest this in the hope that the idea of being hung will echo in the hearts of anyone contemplating selling this dreadful drug.  The seller knows full well that the drug is addicting from the beginning, that the use of it will destroy not only the life of the user, but the lives of those around the user as well; furthermore, the seller knows that the end result is almost always a life ending permanent overdose, yet they are still willing to pull someone into this death spiral.

Are there some who have managed to escape the use of these drugs?  Yes, and bravo to them, and to those who help them to escape it.  Perhaps the idea of getting hung if they sell to others in order to obtain more for themselves will encourage more people to find the strength and courage to get off heroin.  This national opioid addiction has to stop before it becomes our national end.

 

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Ellen M Story , Ellen M. Lattz at emariaenterprises, llc. May 2018.

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