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Northlake 'Pill Mill' Bust Part of Growing National Problem?

U.S. officials are focusing more on pain medication addiction, which was the target of a raid in Northlake last month.

We told you last month about a where federal officials claim Southern Health Management on Northlake Parkway was merely a front for an illegal pill mill business that handed out fradulent prescriptions to those seeking easy access to protected medications.

The New York Times published a story today about the growing national priority on prescription mediation addiction as it eclipses the government's concerns over more traditional illegal drugs such as crack cocaine and heroin.

From the story:

Now the drugs most likely to land Americans in emergency rooms cannot be interdicted. Studies show that prescription painkillers, and stimulants to a lesser extent, are the nation’s biggest drug problem. The same survey that identified 1.5 million cocaine users in 2010 found seven million users of “psychotherapeutics.” Of the 36,450 overdose deaths in the United States in 2008, 20,044 were from prescription painkillers, more than all illicit drugs combined.

And whereas cocaine and heroin have been concentrated in big cities, prescription drug abuse has spread nearly everywhere. “Today there is drug use in every county in Ohio, and the problem is worse in rural areas,” said Mike DeWine, the attorney general of Ohio.

Startling to say the least. How do you think the federal government should combat prescription drug addiction? Or should it? What do you think about the governments larger war on drugs? Tell us in the comments section below.

wle atlanta II July 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM
no self control see food, eat food see drug, take drug industry: easy money, take money it;s all "soma" "Beyond providing social engagement and distraction in the material realm of work or play, the need for transcendence, solitude and spiritual communion is addressed with the ubiquitous availability and universally endorsed consumption of the drug soma. Soma is an allusion to a mythical drink of the same name consumed by ancient Indo-Aryans. In the book, soma is a hallucinogen that takes users on enjoyable, hangover-free "holidays". It was developed by the World State to provide these inner-directed personal experiences within a socially managed context of State-run 'religious' organizations; social clubs. The hypnopaedically inculcated affinity for the State-produced drug, as a self-medicating comfort mechanism in the face of stress or discomfort, thereby eliminates the need for religion or other personal allegiances outside or beyond the World State." http://www.antiessays.com/free-essays/74173.html wle
Tom Doolittle July 19, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Feds allow the stuff--to specific legal limit annually. Then they bust selectively. This, like the war on so-called "illegal" drugs is more dangerous than the epidemic--in fact, the "war" a major cause. Stop the madness, burning state-legalized pot fields, jailing nickle bag holders--now drones for scouting...essentially all protectionism for pharma companies.

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