What Can We Say About a System that Criminalizes a Safe Painkiller (0 Deaths) and Promotes Big Pharma Opiates that Have Killed 165,000 Americans?

Set your mindset to objective and come with me to the little-known but plucky nation of Lower Slobovia. The residents of Lower Slobovia have two choices when they are suffering from chronic pain:

1. A natural, non-addictive medication that they can grow themselves that has never caused a single fatality due to overdose, adverse reactions or mixing with other drugs (polypharmacy), or

2. synthetic opiates manufactured by pharmaceutical corporations that are highly addictive, trigger multiple adverse reactions, manifest dangerous polypharmaceutical attributes and have killed over 165,000 people in the past 15 years– 28 times the nation’s5,790 combat deaths in recent military conflicts.

The corporations manufacturing and distributing the synthetic opiates as “safe” hid the truth about their medications from doctors, patients and the media: ‘You Want a Description of Hell?’ Oxycontin’s 12-Hour Problem (via John F.) OxyContin’s stunning success masked a fundamental problem: The drug wears off hours early in many people, a Los Angeles Times investigation found. OxyContin is a chemical cousin of heroin, and when it doesn’t last, patients can experience excruciating symptoms of withdrawal, including an intense craving for the drug.

So take a guess which class of drugs is perfectly legal and widely promoted by Lower Slobovia’s healthcare system, and which one is classified as a restricted Schedule 1 drug by the nation’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), i.e. as dangerous as heroin?

I suspect you saw this coming, right? The natural painkiller that never killed a single soul and can be grown at home is criminalized, while the drugs that have already killed 165,000 people (a number that grossly understates the total number of deaths at least partly attributable to synthetic opiates) and addicted and/or harmed millions of other users is perfectly legal, declared “safe” by the pushers (oops, I mean pharmaceutical manufacturers) and the government, and distributed in the tens of millions of doses by the “healthcare” system.

Lower Slobovia’s DEA, the corporate manufacturers of the killer-opiates and its healthcare system that slavishly distributes millions of the killer pills should be immediately escorted to Devil’s Island and left to rot, right? And the insane laws reversed so the killer corporate synthetic opiates are declared Schedule 1 and heavily criminalized, and the natural nobody-dies painkiller legalized and distributed, right?

Isn’t this obvious? Yes, I realize cannabis and opiates are not apples to apples, but you get the point–the drugs that have killed more than 165,000 people and ruined the lives of hundreds of thousands of others should be on Lower Slobovia DEA’s Schedule 1 of criminalized drugs instead of being passed out like candy by its “healthcare” system– a distribtion that has reaped tens of billions of dollars in sales and profits for the pharmaceutical sector.

If you need some official statement to accept the obvious, well then, here you go: Could Medical Cannabis Break the Painkiller Epidemic? (Scientific American, September 2016 issue) A body of research suggests yes, but scientists are having to fight red tape to study whether medical marijuana could substitute for opioid drugs.

The U.S. “is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Prescription opioid overdoses killed more than 165,000 Americans between 1999 and 2014, and the health and social costs of abusing such drugs are estimated to be as much as $55 billion a year. The problem has led experts to scramble for a less dangerous alternative for pain relief–and some research points to medical marijuana.

Published in 2014, the study revealed an intriguing trend: between 1999 and 2010, states that permitted medical marijuana had an average of almost 25 percent fewer opioid overdose deaths each year than states where cannabis remained illegal.

So when will the citizens of Lower Slobovia wake up to the criminality of their government in favoring killer corporate opiates over safe natural painkillers, the criminality of the pharmaceutical racketeers who hid the truth from doctors and patients, and the complicity of a “healthcare” industry that has been happy to pass out deadly drugs like candy–at a profit, of course.

As you might have guessed, there is no Lower Slobovia. There is only the U.S.A., a nation “in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic,” a nation blind to the lethality of its Destruction Enforcement Agency (DEA), its corporate pushers and its government-funded and enforced “healthcare” system.

Disclosure: I am not a user of either recreational or medicinal cannabis or any corporate opiate. I just think it’s time we finally confront the terrible, needless cost in human lives and suffering from our nation’s insane, benighted drug laws and our needlessly costly, destructive but oh-so-profitable “healthcare” system.

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  • Charlie Primero

    I just returned from two weeks in Colorado where my niece runs a recreational pot shop. (20% discount for me! :-).

    75% CBD tincture with 25% THC suppressed my arthritis, but not nearly as well as the poppy sap from my home garden.

    All plants should be decriminalized, but that will not happen as long as Big Pharma controls ABCNNBCBSFox and the U.S. Congress.

    • BDUB

      I’m and asthmatic. I have vaped CBD oil for almost two years for its anti-inflammatory properties., and during that time I have had only a single attack, and that was during a month I was out of CBD oil. I would love to have access to a CBD/THC product for additional pain and nausea reasons.

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    • jo6pac

      Lincoln and for those of you that might drink wine here is something you can try.
      Red wine–Zin or Cab open put a thumb size bud in then an inert gas then re-cork.
      Then let it set for 4 to 6 weeks, open and enjoy:-)

      Thanks for the vid.

      • You are very welcome jo6pac and please help spread the truth! “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” Confucius

  • August 18, 2015 Why Big Pharma hates legalized marijuana; painkillers, chemotherapy and psych drugs could be made obsolete

    When certain politicians and so-called health experts bellyache over the legalization of cannabis, it’s not because they’re worried about the children. It’s because cannabis is arguably the safest and most widely effective natural medicinal herb in existence, and its widespread acceptance would immediately render obsolete the gamut of pharmaceuticals that make the establishment drug barons (and their bought-and-paid-for lackeys in Congress) filthy rich.


  • Sep 16, 2014 Truth in Media: Feds Says Cannabis Is Not Medicine While Holding The Patent on Cannabis as Medicine

    For those who believe in marijuana and cannabis freedom, the future has never been brighter. Right now there is an awakening to the benefits of cannabis for medicinal purposes, specifically something called CBD oil. But is the new CBD craze being manipulated by media and politicians? If it weren’t we wouldn’t need to do a show about it.

    The first step toward truth is to be informed.


  • Lynn Walker

    It’s easy to opt-out of Big Medicine, at least until they completely outlaw traditional, natural and holistic forms of healthcare. However, the same myopic (can only see the dollar sign in front of their nose) scientists who create the drugs for Big Medicine are creating our food and do everything in their power to prevent heirloom seeds with which we can grow our own traditional food. How do we opt-out of eating?

    When do we turn away from fake science and dismiss the entire group of corporate shills masquerading as intellectuals? A Universe from Nothing?!? How stupid do they think they’ve dumbed us down into being?

    More importantly, when do we arrest and convict these criminals?

  • diogenes

    What we can say about this system is that it is driven by the murderous greed of one person in a thousand, the 0.1% who won 28% of America, including a controlling interest in ALL killer corporations, not just killer pharma. If these people were tried and convicted under capital punishment for all the deaths they have caused, for four generations now, they would all be dead and America would be immeasurably benefited.

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  • Mencken’s Ghost

    We could say it is time to abolish that system, like it says in the Declaration of Independence.


    • exomike

      I do not want Mises on my side. Libertarians are too dangerous to let near any power.

  • Carl_Herman

    There are literally ~100 game-changing areas of clearly documented and independently verifiable facts where the .01% “roll us” (so to speak). Until they are arrested for these crimes (most easily demonstrated in illegal and lie-started Wars of Aggression I think), get smoking mad all you want, until we nip these criminals in the bud ‘cuz it’s high time, all the .01% will do is have the munchies for more.

  • diogenes

    There’s nothing new about this, by the way. Up until about 1980 when Federal laws were changed, American pharmaceutical companies were producing over 20 times as much amphetamines as American doctors were prescribing and they were being sold in huge lots to post office boxes in places like Tihauna and shipped back over the border to market to speed freaks in America.

  • ClubToTheHead

    We can say they are cruel paternalistic bastards.

  • Silverado

    Being a true Washingtonian (the state) I do appreciate the cannabis freedom the voters in our state overwhelmingly approved back last major election cycle. Oh there’s a few few flaws and not everyone is happy (although this Blackberry Kush here on my desk is mighty tasty and makes me…happy) but it’s sure a lot better than it used to be around here back in the…dark ages. Anyway I think that if the feds came in here and said that they were re-outlawing cannabis I think you’d see a massive IGNORE THE FEDS program. Add in these type of articles that portray them as Agents of Death that peddle the real poison that kills and even Grandma would get in on the action and ignore em too. While I don’t expect that to happen it would be interesting to watch nonetheless. Ya…life is good although it could be…better. Semi cannabis freedom ain’t bad either…

  • ClubToTheHead

    Cruel and unusual punishment is prohibited by the Constitution amended.

    Unfortunately, if such treatment is administered for other than punishment, such as for profit or in service of the simple hatred of the 99% by Wall Street, no prohibition of cruel business practices will be found there.

  • diogenes

    My guess is that Scientific America’s figure for big pharmaceutical corporation opiate deaths from 1999-2014 (165,000) is wildly understated.

    Notice that this is in the tradition of Imperial Capitalism from way back: the British actually fought a war with China in the 19th century to force them to let the British peddle junk there. And who controls the poppy fields of Afghanistan today?

  • exomike

    Big Pharma would be helpless without your politicians working with them.

  • tom

    “So when will the citizens of Lower Slobovia wake up to the criminality of their government in favoring killer corporate opiates over safe natural painkillers…?”

    About the same time as they wake up to the criminality of their government in launching illegal unprovoked wars of aggression, subverting and destroying whole nations, murdering millions of harmless civilians, and presiding over the impoverishment of 99% of Americans for the benefit of the 0.01%.