Trumpcare: Senate Republicans Want You to Die—by Neglect or by Opiate Overdose

One of the biggest divides in America is the widening chasm between what Republicans in power say they want for the country, and what they actually do.

Here is Donald Trump, saying he wants to restore jobs and help people and solve the opioid crisis—a president for the people, the working people, not rich people or lobbyists or the Washington establishment! There is Chris Christie, appointed to a commission to solve said crisis, who at every opportunity dismisses out of turn a simple and obvious solution.

And here comes Mitch McConnell, the ur-parliamentarian Senate Majority Leader, the man who loves his country so much he is willing to rip up the Constitution and rewrite the rules whenever it is expedient, with a healthcare bill so transparently injurious, it will sentence millions of Americans—including those now healthy—to death by neglect.

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NYPD: No Arrests If You Call 911 During Drug Overdose

As the country’s opioid epidemic worsens, the New York Police Department is undertaking a campaign to encourage people to report overdoses.

The NYPD public service campaign aims to communicate to drug users, and witnesses, that they won’t be arrested if they call 911 in the event of a drug or alcohol overdose emergency.

“This campaign will help New Yorkers understand the protections of the Good Samaritan law for those suffering from an overdose or calling to help someone in need,” Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill told WNBC. “This is about saving lives. And this campaign will do just that.”

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Overcoming Opioids: Easing an Epidemic 1 Doctor at a Time

BY CARLA K. JOHNSON

AP MEDICAL WRITER

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. opioid epidemic began in doctors’ offices as drug companies marketed the pills to an ever-widening circle of patients. An estimated 2 million Americans are now addicted to opioid pain relievers and nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve prescription drugs.

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How the Feds Are Going After Fentanyl Suppliers

Like everything else it touches, the internet has revolutionized drug dealing. Anyone with an internet connection can buy enough black-market fentanyl to kill off a small town—including federal law enforcement, whose strategy for stemming the flow of the killer opioid into the United States and slowing the tide of fatal overdoses is doing just that.

But since there are many, many more fentanyl buyers and sellers than there are police, it’s slow, slow going.

Newsweek brings us the story of a recent bust of an Ohio couple, who are accused of buying fentanyl on dark web drug marketplaces and redistributing it around the country. Since May, a federal task force has been making undercover buys from websites offering such deals as “100mg of Fentanyl HCL 98% purity $105+35 for Express-1 days shipping,” and hoping that some fentanyl reseller would be brazen (or dumb) enough to leave a sufficient trail for cops to follow and be found out.

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Pot Matters: Deadly Drug Policies

The death rate for young Americans has increased by 8 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to a recent analysis by the Washington Post—and the driving force behind this increase is the current opioid epidemic.

From the Post: “Since the beginning of this decade, death rates have risen among people between the ages of 25 and 44 in virtually every racial and ethnic group and almost all states, according to a Washington Post analysis. The death rate among African Americans is up 4 percent, Hispanics 7 percent, whites 12 percent and Native Americans 18 percent. The rate for Asian Americans also has increased, but at a level that is not statistically significant.”

The Post looked at mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  For context, the 10 leading causes of death in 2015 were heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, unintentional injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease and suicide. These account for 74.2 percent of all deaths in the United States.

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Prosecutors’ Lawsuit Says Opioid Drug Makers Deceived Public

BY SHEILA BURKE

ASSOCIATED PRESS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new lawsuit invokes the plight of a baby born dependent on opioid drugs, as three Tennessee prosecutors and the baby’s guardian accuse several drug manufacturers of unleashing an epidemic through deceptive marketing that downplayed the risks of addiction to painkillers.

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Radical Rant: Feds Move to Increase Opiate Deaths & Accidental Child Overdoses

How does one explain the tortured logic of a malevolent Slingblade Hobbit?

I’m talking about the Attorney General of the United States (for now) and demented love child of Forrest Gump and a Keebler Elf, the doubly-traitor-named Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.

JeffBo is a walking, talking 1980s-Just-Say-No relic, as if we grew him from clones of Nancy Reagan’s DNA found in some fossilized tree sap in Lafayette Park. This guy sees a latent heroin addict in every pot smoker and has used that debunked gateway drug talking point repeatedly.

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Killer Opiate Fentanyl Is Everywhere—And It’s Making Police Overdose

The police officer responding to a drug bust in East Liverpool, Ohio—a small city 85 miles southeast of Cleveland near the Pennsylvania border—was following procedure: He’d donned gloves and a mask while searching a car and handling the seized material, a white powder that was almost certainly some kind of opiate.  

But somehow, he spilled some of the powder on his uniform shirt.

After another cop pointed it out, he brushed the mystery powder off his shirt with an ungloved hand—and promptly passed out.

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Tests Find Mixture of Synthetic Opioids in Georgia Overdoses

ATLANTA (AP) — Investigators say early tests show a mixture of two synthetic opioids could be responsible for a rash of drug overdoses and up to four deaths in Georgia.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that preliminary testing found that one of the drugs in the mixture is consistent with “a new fentanyl analogue.”

Fentanyl is a pain reliever prescribed by doctors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The drug is also illegally produced and sold on the streets for its heroin-like effect and can be deadly.

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