The opioid crisis has virtually nothing to do with the southern border, and everything to so with pushy pharmaceutical reps.

By |2019-01-21T08:56:25+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |7 Comments

I could have told people this.

Courtesy of Vice:

All pharmaceutical marketers had to do was show up at a doctor’s office and promise a meal or cash for a speaking engagement. The more they did that, the more opioid painkillers the doctors prescribed — and the more people died of drug overdoses, according to a new study.

By cross-referencing a cache of county-level, publicly available interactions between drug marketers and physicians with mortality and prescription data, researchers at Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction and New York University School of Medicine discovered that more marketing visits were associated with an increase in overdose mortality one year later. The researchers examined 434,754 payments from Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2015.

“Our findings suggest that direct-to-physician opioid marketing may counter current national efforts to reduce the number of opioids prescribed and that policymakers might consider limits on these activities as part of a robust, evidence-based response to the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States,” researchers wrote in the first-of-its-kind analysis, published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open.

Researchers in the study cautioned that drugmakers may have marketed more in areas with already-high opioid prescription rates, which could partially explain the increased mortality rates in those areas. Still, it’s “potentially concerning that physicians in such counties would receive further marketing for opioids,” according to the researchers.

I have actually seen this happen in person since my job requires that I spend a lot of time taking clients to see doctors. 

And if you are ever in a doctor’s office look around and try to find a pen or coffeed cup that does not advertise one prescription medication or another. 

The reps offer golf trips, speaking engagements, seminars, and tons of swag in order to convince doctors to prescribe their products. and they do. 

Combine that with all of the ridiculous pharmaceutical advertisements that flood our living rooms courtesy of our big screen TVs and it is almost a wonder that we are ALL not hooked on one opioid or another. 

The only wall that will help fight these addictions are walls built around doctor’s offices that keep unscrupulous drug reps from targeting them. 

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  1. Anonymous January 22, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Perdue pharmaceutical spent something like $6million/year to wine/dine/free seminars in vacation spots for doctors to push their opioids. plus the millions spent on advertising.

    O/T hear that the Donald weighted in on the MAGA teen thugs.. I wondered what took him so long.. of course he said the students were treated fairly, what is up next movie of the week.

    I think it is interesting that a teenager was able to afford hiring a PR firm to represent him, mommy and daddy must have a lot of money.

  2. Anon January 22, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Yes. Interesting article about Purdue Pharma and Oxycontin family today. This family sole owners of the drug. Yep, the sale, the addiction, the funerals. The TV ads are plenty. Are you addicted? Need rehab? Did that drug harm you? Join the class action lawsuit today. Need funeral arrangements?

    yeah healthcare, drugs and insurance for profit. As America slept our tax dollars were wasted, public schools ripped apart and private for profit charter schools stole the money to brainwash MAGA kids.

    What kind of school takes children to a march for life in DC wearing “Maga” hats? A catholic school? really? Did the parents approve? Did the pope approve? Will Kavenaugh hear the case in the supreme court?

    Of course the maga criminal occupying our life now stepped in. Don John Trump blames media.

    As Rachel Maddow explained last night, the shut down is not about the fake wall. It is about destroying Federal workers. NO security Clarence no employees, more divorce, foreclosures, debt, hate, chaos.

    America must PROTEST and DEMAND that Our Government open and Donald Trump be arrested and charged today.

  3. Anonymous January 22, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Remember when trump first made his announcement about running for president and he talked about the illuminati? His followers were older paranoid white folks who watched way too many alex jones and other conspiracy shows on the net. But what trump didnt say was that he was part of that power house that wants to further run thins on earth.

  4. puck January 22, 2019 at 10:21 am

    there is a problem with the push at stopping opioids-those of us who need them are finding harder and harder to get them. i have chronic pain. usually i deal with it over the counter. but somes i need narcotics and my doctor of 30 years is afraid to give me any-even though she knows i don’t abuse. people like me need the drugs and we can’t get them. i don’t want oxycontin-too nasty-and the doctor at the pain clinic only gives it to terminal patients. i go though withdrawl at least once a year. why can’t i have what i need when i don’t abuse?

  5. Ellen Johnson January 22, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Gryphen, I hear you, but I happen to suffer from chronic pain caused by a cracked C2, three compression fractures at T2, T4, and T11 which are causing scoliosis. I also have degenerative disc disease, stenosis and osteoarthritis. In Arkansas, my Percocet has been cut back by 2/3 and I spend my days now either in bed or in my recliner where before I could be moderately active. Now I am a hermit. If I spend more than five minutes cooking an egg, I’m gasping with pain. Some exception really needs to be made for people like me rather than just blanket rules that don’t distinguish between overprescribing for acute pain and those of us who can’t function without pain relief.

    • Gryphen January 22, 2019 at 5:56 pm

      Oh, I am not saying that these medications are not very helpful for certain physical problems, I am just saying that the abuse of these drugs is connected to drug reps pushing doctors to prescribe them unnecessarily and not Mexicans bringing them across our southern border.

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