World News – GB – Purdue Pharma’s plea bargain won’t solve the US drug problem


Left: Top: At the September 2019 protest outside Purdue Pharma headquarters, participants showed off hundreds of prescription bottles of OxyContin. Visual: Eric McGregor / LightRocket via Getty Images

Years ago, after my wisdom tooth had two extraction, my oral surgeon wrote a prescription for OxyContin that the pills met their goal, but when they disappeared, I still had a big hole in my mouth that wasn’t surprising by then, after a few years of a long struggle with addiction, I knew very well why opioids are called pain relievers, not wound treatments

The same could be said of the plea bargain that OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma recently struck with the US Department of Justice regarding the company’s role in the opioid epidemic: Plea of ​​guilt is a welcome distraction, but just as effective in recovery as the pill.

In exchange for pleading guilty to violating federal anti-bribery laws and fraud on federal health agencies, Purdue Pharma was ordered to pay a fine of $ 8 billion and the total could be $ 800 billion. The loopholes make it unlikely that the sum will be paid in full. The Sackler family members have agreed to pay $ 225 million in civil fines and proposed a separate settlement to resolve thousands of domestic lawsuits. None of the parties will go to jail.

Punishment smells of a certain kind of hypocrisy that thrives in toxic circles of drug policy steeped in racial double standards: it highlights the vast disparity between the way the supposedly blind justice system treats and the way it treats people like Derek Harris, an African American veteran. In the Gulf War he was sentenced to life in prison for selling just over half a gram of hashish to an undercover police in Louisiana (Harris was recently released after spending nearly a decade in prison)

As part of the plea deal, Purdue Pharma, Yus’s deputy, will be restructured, and Attorney General Geoffrey Rosen said the company’s assets will be repurposed « entirely in the public interest » will put future revenues toward limiting opioids and provide life-saving overdose drugs free or at cost. At the press conference where the terms were revealed, Rosen emphasized the government’s commitment to curbing and diverting the misuse of pharmaceutical opioids. However, the notable absence from the massive stuffing of restrictions, restrictions, and accountability measures was anything very similar to a plan to address the actual problem: a mental health crisis. And my body fueled by economic disparities and exacerbated by drug policies that deeply ignore science and evidence

Although opioids are highly prevalent unlike any other type of vice or type of substance, they are not recreational drugs.Instead, the compulsive use of opioids arises from the relief they provide from the physical or emotional pain with each dose, flooding the user’s brain. With dopamine as in any flood, corrosion occurs

Scientists and executives at Purdue Pharma have understood the biological mechanics of their products better than any illegal drug dealer in history.They have exploited the subjective nature of pain and our strong human instinct to avoid it and have been behind successful lobbying initiatives to persuade the Joint Commission, one of the nation’s leading healthcare accreditation organizations, to name it Pain as the « fifth » vital sign of medicine

Placing guilt is a welcome distraction, but it’s just as effective in healing as pain pills

But YOS was prepped for the opioid crisis long before OxyContin was registered as a trademark We have always been among the largest consumers of illicit drugs in the world We are an instant gratification society, surrounded by high rates of depression, anxiety and trauma and burdened with inadequate drug prevention, addiction treatment and mental health resources if Purdue Pharma’s guilty plea will not only change that, but it will strengthen our misguided response to this national health emergency – a response that directed only 5 percent of annual drug control spending toward prevention and only 36 percent toward treatment the rest is burned on law enforcement and drug trafficking interception, as well International operations

Among the many tragic paradoxes of Purdue Pharma’s outcome is that for YOS to beat the opioid epidemic, regulations for pharmaceutical opioids need to be relaxed, not tighter methadone and buprenorphine, the only drugs that have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of dying from an overdose, are among the The most restricted legal material in the DEA’s unscientific scheduling system The over-regulation of prescription opioid drugs has forced many people to choose between suffering in pain or throwing the dice into an illicit market saturated with the increasingly powerful fentanyl analog.

A century ago, addiction was widely believed to be an irreversible moral failure on the part of the user.Today, we know that it is a complex medical condition, and usage rates and overdose are often associated with unemployment and faltering economies even though bad guys like Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family They deserve more than our blunt criticism and the harshest punishments of the Middle Ages for their heinous crimes, such revenge will satisfy our hunger for a pound of flesh, while doing nothing to solve the myriad social problems that underlie our voracious appetite for pain relief.

Even if we were to completely eliminate opioid use, we would be left with an epidemic of untreated pain and distress. When will we address that?

David Buzes is a writer, speaker, and activist on evidence-based drug policy and treatment and is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Weight of Air

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