Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have acknowledged that the agency’s methods for tracking overdose deaths are inaccurate and have significantly overestimated the number of Americans that have died due to prescription opioids.
In an editorial appearing in the American Journal of Public Health, four researchers in the CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention say many overdoses involving illicit fentanyl and other synthetic black market opioids have been erroneously counted as prescription drug deaths.
“Availability of illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids (e.g., fentanyl) that traditionally were prescription medications has increased. This has blurred the lines between prescription and illicit opioid-involved deaths,” they wrote. “Traditionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others have included synthetic opioid deaths in estimates of ‘prescription’ opioid deaths. However, with IMF (illicitly manufactured fentanyl) likely being involved more recently, estimating prescription opioid–involved deaths with the inclusion of synthetic opioid–involved deaths could significantly inflate estimates.”
(1) The term “opioids” is scientifically meaningless. Technically, “opioid” means a drug that interacts with the same receptors as morphine, etc., regardless of whether the drug is derived from a natural source, for example, poppy. Opiates are a subset of opioids; they are drugs that are found in plants (e.g., codeine) or semi-synthetic derivatives of them. Heroin, which does not occur naturally, is considered to be an opiate because it is made from morphine, which does. Fentanyl considered to be an “opioid” because it is not an opium derivative. These classifications are a distinction without a difference. The term “opiates” is more than sufficient to describe drugs with morphine-like properties. The word “opioid” should be dropped from the English language.
(2) There is no such thing as an opioid crisis. It is a fabricated term. People who are now dying from overdoses are now (most of the time) dying from fentanyl and its chemical cousins. A far better and more accurate term is “the fentanyl crisis.”
The term “drug overdose deaths” (there are about 60,000 annually) is now standard jargon used to characterize fatalities from all drugs of all sorts, anticoagulants, antidepressants, aspirin, cocaine, etc. But most people will read what Kolodny wrote and arrive at the conclusion that 60,000 people were killed by prescription pain medications. They were not. All opioids together (including heroin) killed 30,000 people. The number of deaths from prescription opioids—the target of the current crusade— was about 17,000— half the number killed by accidental falls. Are we having an “accidental fall epidemic?” Why not? Accidental falls are killing twice as many people as prescription pain medicines.
The figure 60,000 is, of course, inaccurate, but so is 17,000. This is because opioid overdose deaths are frequently the result of combination with other drugs, especially benzodiazepines, which potentiate the effect of the opioid action. In 2015 almost half (7,500) of the overdose deaths from opioids also involved benzodiazepines (Figure 2). When you include other drugs that are taken with opioids, especially alcohol and cocaine, It can reasonably be assumed that the number of deaths from opioid pills alone will be much lower, perhaps in the neighborhood of 5,000—ten-times lower the 60,000 that Kolodny implies, and roughly the same as bicycle and bicycle-related deaths. This is what the hysteria is about?
The real truth here is that the public and doctors as well as most everyone else have been lied to once again by the government.
The real problem here is that we are facing an issue involving illegal drugs that are coming primarily from our southern border.
That is the real issue and pretending that prescriptions legally prescribed by a doctor in good standing to a patient who takes the medication has broken no laws. Yet, to see the press and the media as well as the DOJ go after the “Easy” Targets instead of the criminals that sell illegal drugs to kids who are actually dying, that is the most cowardly thing I have ever seen…
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would gut programs for science and the environment, reflecting the Republican’s rejection of mainstream science.
Pay particular attention to that last line: “reflecting the Republican’s rejection of mainstream science.”
Another serious consideration is this
TruthRevolt reported how the AP sympathized with the jihadist who drove a truck through the Berlin Christmas market, killing twelve. The story dripped with compassion for the “desperate and drifting” Islamist just seeking a “better life in Europe.”
Tell me what part of that is “Trustworthy” Seriously…
Because I want to know…
What it looks like to most people is that the Associated Press is really just Propaganda..
information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
“he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda”
I know this is likely to be something that you might wonder about however it is important because when learning how to spot a fake identity theft website where the intent is to steal your identity and credit card information.
Identity theft is a huge issue.
There is a new way that these dishonest vendors online are getting access to your credit cards.
Here is one example in particular. (there are hundreds of these out there)
A weed eater attachment, which presents a really interesting gadget that attaches to a weed eater.
But the problem is that when you go to order they say that Hey, this has been so popular that we are currently out of stock.
Don’t Worry we will not charge your credit card until the item ships.
So you order thinking that in a few weeks you will get your neat gadget at a good price but that is not what is happening.
What is happening in the background is that they have stolen your identity and they are in fact creating a fake credit card with your name.
There is a recent product link that is very popular.
But it looks like it could be dangerous.
Also, the price they are showing is $109.00
Well you can get the same thing right here for almost half of what that (questionable website is offering it for)
Is it possible that the media are actually going to try to argue that a third party caused advertising about the 2016 election candidates that created the impression that one of the candidates was not honest or trustworthy…
FACEBOOK ADMITS CENSORING POSTS AND COMMENTS since 2015.
Now, consider the truth here.
Americans from all over the nation voted in the 2016 election the election turn out was much higher than anyone expected, it was the People…
The People of this great Nation.
Voters and yes, tax payers, the will of the American People was performed.
Months later the media and members of congress are actively working against the president and the American People.
Attempting to try to explain away why the candidate they wanted to win actually lost.
Even now using Jeff Sessions like a Pawn having himself recuse himself from doing his job after the media and certain members of congress were asking about the so called, “Russian collusion” question. But there was none and in fact the insanity of that question is still costing tax payers money just to do what exactly???
What are they trying and hoping to do now?
They want to overturn the will of the People…
now we have a media and yes apparently even Facebook that is prepared to call all the scandals about that one candidate, Fake News.
They want to say that because of the Fake News, (Benghazi, Email Gate, Private Server, Pay for Play) all that information that is commonly known to be the truth or alleged truth was all fake news and it was all done on Facebook…
So now mr Zucker himself is going to dance in front of congress, (after first meeting with members of congress first) Wow, so I guess we all know that its scripted now right?
Say, if any of us regular us voters ever have to appear in front of congress will we also have the same Ex parte meetings with lawyers and all before you question us…????
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before Congress TODAY and TOMORROW regarding the enormous data mining breach that has gripped Zuckerberg’s company.
+ + Facebook’s Real Attacks Being MASKED…
Here at Liberty Counsel Action, we are concerned that the data and privacy issues will MASK the even more critical issue that Congress should be addressing this week.
I’m talking about the accelerated attacks on Christian and conservative groups by Facebook and the other “titans” of Silicon Valley.
As I have noted to you, Liberty Counsel Action has been monitoring the increasing attacks from these Silicon Valley giants against conservatives and especially people of faith. Liberty Counsel has been the target of these attacks, as we have been openly labeled as a “hate group” and even seen our organization banned by Silicon Valley elites.
In the past few weeks, even more attacks by Facebook have come to light. Facebook recently determined that postings by two high-profile, pro-Trump individuals were “unsafe to the community.” Meanwhile a leading conservative website is now having all its content marked as racist and xenophobic by Facebook!
+ + URGENT ACTION To Confront Facebook’s Attacks.
That’s why Liberty Counsel Action is launching an urgent FAX BARRAGE demanding that Congress confront Facebook’s anti-faith and anti-conservative agenda.
The bill would blatantly disregard the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 that requires Congress to adhere to budget caps – This bill goes above and beyond, busting the caps by nearly $300 billion over two years, more than twice that of the past two, two-year deals combined
Because the bill would bust spending caps (again), it would likely return us to Obama-era trillion dollar yearly deficits, and grow the national debt by $1.5 trillion over the next decade
It would suspend the debt limit through 2018without spending cuts, essentially giving Treasury a blank check for borrowing
The bill is another “kick the can down the road” budget deal that puts off the issue of real spending reform, and loses the trust of hard working Americans by endangering taxpayers
Between the caps and off-budget spending in the overseas contingency operations fund, military spending for FY 2018 would exceed the amount the president requested for this fiscal year by nearly $100 billion, at a time when there are documented accounts of missing money and waste at the Pentagon
One provision of the bill, buried deep in the text, would kill any hope of budget reconciliation, by requiring that absent Congress passing a budget resolution by April 15th, one would be deemed for FY 2019. A tool used to help pass historic tax reform, reconciliation is needed to keep Republicans’ campaign promises to repeal ObamaCare and reform welfare
The bill threatens the chances of reforming agriculture policy in the upcoming Farm Bill
The bill contains corporate welfare including tax giveaways to special interests like Puerto Rican rum distillers, “green energy,” motorsports, and Hollywood productions
The bill would create yet another committee to deal with Congress’ fiscal dysfunction, that can be all but guaranteed to be dysfunctional in and of itself
The deal would ultimately mean that while Republicans have the majority, they don’t have real control of Congress, and true fiscal conservatives are nearly extinct
This is just the tip of the iceberg there are hundreds of hidden poison pills here and no one has really found all the problems with this nightmare of a spending bill that would spend more money and waste much of it.
Not to mention this nasty Fix NICS that is so wrong for actually doing something about the problems we have as a nation. The NICS Fix, is a broken thing that only creates the temptation to add millions of names to the list of people who cannot have guns. . .
One state has already submitted a list of 500,000 names to the list and these are people who have parking tickets. . . They cant own a gun now… So all in all what does this do to actually fix the problem… All it does is create a money pit that will never fix the problem.
This is just wrong and a lot of people are ready to vote against the GOP in the 2018 election but they do not care.
The people that are running congress are not afraid of the voter.
They believe that they can survive and that the newest members of congress will get voted out.
They believe that they cannot be voted out because they are not up for election this year and they think that by the time 2020 rolls around the voter will just forget about this betrayal.
Veto or vote out that is the solution here and the people do not care which one it is.
In fact what has happened in the 1.3 Trillion dollar spending bill amounts to a complete and total disregard for everything America used to stand for in the past.
There are 10 Glaring issues in this so called spending bill.
here are the two most difficult to understand situations. . .
7) Gun control without due process: Some of you might think I’m being greedy, demanding that “extraneous policies” be placed in a strict appropriations bill. Well, gun control made its way in. They slipped in the “Fix NICS” bill, which pressures and incentivizes state and federal agencies to add more people to the system even though there is already bipartisan recognition that agencies are adding people who should not be on the list, including veterans, without any due process in a court of law. They are passing this bill without the House version of the due process protections and without the promised concealed carry reciprocity legislation. Republicans were too cowardly to have an open debate on such an important issue, so they opted to tack it onto a budget bill, which is simply unprecedented. The bill also throws more funding at “school violence” programs when they refuse to repeal the gun-free zone laws that lie at the root of the problem.
8) More “opioid crisis funding” without addressing the problem: The bill increases funding for “opioid addiction prevention and treatment” by $2.8 billion relative to last year, on top of the $7 billion they already spent in February. This is the ultimate joke of the arsonist pretending to act as the firefighter, because as we’ve chronicled in detail, these funds are being used to clamp down on legitimate prescription painkillers and create a de facto national prescription registry so that government can violate privacy and practice medicine. Meanwhile, the true culprits are illicit drugs and Medicaid expansion, exacerbated by sanctuary cities, as the president observed himself. Yet those priorities are jettisoned from the bill.
This one is scary crazy…
What is happening here is that the CDC has become a political weapon used to fabricate reports that fail to accurately compile scientific information instead “Lumping” all statistics together as if they are the same.
So now were going to spend Billions of dollars fighting doctors, patients, old people, sick and dying people…
Does that sound like the kind of thing that you voted Donald Trump as president to preside over?