One police department takes aim at prescription opioids

GloucesterPoliceDeptThere has been plenty of bad press about police violence in recent years, but the police department in Gloucester, Massachusetts is making news in a different way.

It got fed up with its community’s opioid drug addiction crisis which has led to various crimes and deaths, and has taken aim at a different target—Big Pharma.

Because of the harsh addictive nature of prescription opioids, the department concluded that the least major pharmaceutical manufacturers could do is use some of their billions in profits to help fix the problem they created with their ‘legal’ drugs and their tremendous financial influence on government and the medical system.

So the Gloucester police department posted the monumental salaries of drug  company CEOs on their Facebook page, and got thousands of social media shares from people concerned about the latest—and one of the deadliest—of human addictions.

Super powerful prescription drugs.

Some of the drug companies listed on their site include Merck, Abbot Labs, Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, whose CEO annual salaries range from $14.48 million to $25 million.

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, virtually every American state, county, socio-economic and ethnic group is afflicted with prescription drug abuse.

Nearly 2 million Americans live with prescription opioid abuse or dependence.

Forty-six Americans die each day from prescription opioid overdoses—two deaths an hour, 17,000 annually.

Opioid overdose caused five times more women’s deaths in 2010 than in 1999.

One in 20 U.S. high school seniors has been on Vicodin and one in 30 has abused Oxycontin.

About 75 percent of (legal) opioid-addicted disease patients eventually switch to (illegal) heroin as a cheaper opioid source.

In 2012, 259 million opioid pain medication prescriptions were written—enough for a bottle of the pills for every adult American!

So, kudos to the Gloucester Police Department, which has recognized the modern day problem which has crept up on us and is changing the very humanity of our population.

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