The Public Expects Call to ban Big Pharma
Americans continue to be concern about the dozens of people who were killed and hundreds wounded in the recent mass murder incidents. The usual suspects are once more calling for gun bans. The statistics say that this year there have been more mass shootings than days in the year.
The authorities are firmly dedicated to stopping those incidents, however, even the people in the Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic. It all happens because of the legislative indifference, and many people expect from the Congress to take over stronger measures and do something.
However, despite the seriousness of this problem, there is something that happens in the USA, which is even more dangerous. The society is facing a real epidemic that has killed more people than guns ever could, it is the opioid epidemic.
The Natural News founder reported that opioid prescription drugs killed 33,091 Americans in 2015 and around 36,000 deaths for 2017. This number of dead people is drastically huge, which is approximately two times bigger than Las Vegas massacres PER DAY, in terms of the number killed.
Many Americans think that it is criminal because there are currently no calls at all to ban this highly dangerous, highly lethal class of drugs. They believe that it is a result of the huge influence of Big Pharma, which is an enormous contributor to political campaigns.
The Center for Responsive Politics, states that Big Pharma contributed nearly $60 million in 2016 alone. In just three election cycles, Big Pharma contributed with $140 million to political action committees. It’s no wonder everyone on Capitol Hill is not doing something to the fullest on opioids.
Recently, the Trump administration made some progress in reduction over-prescribing of opioids. The over-prescribing of opioids has been found as a major contributor to the epidemic. The Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and Opioid detailed new partnerships with researchers across the government, academia, prescribers and the patients to reduce by half the time needed to prescribe not addictive drugs.
According to the experts, over-prescribing of the drugs can lead to excess pills falling into the wrong hands. He believes that it is the right thing to do.
He confirmed that his company will begin limiting on opioid supplies for seven days rather than the previous traditional 30-day prescription cycle. That’s for sure a good first step, but it is certainly not a ban expected from the public.