Several take-home quotes:
First, this eye-opening statistic.
Drug companies were pouring opioids into West Virginia, delivering 780m painkillers into a state of just 1.8m people over a five year period to 2012, according to an investigation by the Charleston Gazette-Mail.As one recovering addict says,
“Addiction brings out the worst in people. Pure souls turn black. Even with the nicest person, the happiest person. They end up robbing and stealing. Hurting people.”The person turning dark may not be the addict, but the one benefiting from him. Read that first statistic again, and then this from a former doctor:
Salesmen were threatening to back legal action against doctors who resisted patients’ demands for OxyContinWhat was that about a black soul? It's symptomatic of the US now: profits over people, profits from the misery of people.
“I got the bulk of my education about opioid narcotics from drug reps. They’d come in with a glossy brochure and tell us, you need to be writing this now,” he said. “It was aggressive.”
Among Purdue’s tactics, state investigators later found, were salesmen threatening to back legal action against doctors who resisted patients’ demands for OxyContin.
And what's to be done?
“I never could get the word out. It seems like there’s more hopelessness than any one person can do anything about. I try,” she said.And that is how Trump happens.