Did the CDC LIE about the Opiate Crisis?

The truth about the biggest Hoax of modern times may well be something you never thought possible.

The CDC apparently has literally created a false impression that prescription drug deaths are a greater issue than illegal drug deaths.

That is a real problem because now we have people like Pam Bondi that are filing lawsuits aimed at drug makers.

Are they going to try to use the alleged fake information provided by the CDC and likely possibly done so for political and funding reasons?

Did the CDC lie about prescription drug deaths for money?

CDC Admits Rx Opioid Deaths ‘Significantly Inflated’

March 21, 2018

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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.”

Deception and lies…  Allegedly…

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(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…