Big Pharma and Biostitutes: Corporate Media Ignore Root Cause of Opioid Crisis

64,000 people died of drug overdose in the year 2016—80% due to opioid drugs. Government officials say that the crisis is finally getting Washington’s attention, as the Wall Street Journal reported in March, 2018, but solutions continue to revolve around higher budgets for drug addiction facilities. In the past, the pressure remained on law enforcement to tackle the problem, but efforts are now shifting to increase rehabilitation funding. These approaches potentially distract attention from the root of the problem, which is malpractice by drug manufacturing giants and distributors, as Abby Martin of “Empire Files” reported in a November, 2017.

The first domino of the opioid crisis, Martin reported, can be traced back to when drug manufacturing companies began hiring biostitutes, a derogatory term for biological scientists hired to misrepresent research or commit fraud in order to benefit large corporations. As Martin reported, research by biostitutes was used to convince communities that opioids could treat pain without the risk of addiction. Big corporations continued to cover-up research supporting the highly addictive nature of the drug and began to push doctors to write more prescriptions on behalf of the ‘needs’ of consumers. This corruption within the system has led to the widely-reported addiction crisis in communities across the nation. Although there are policies in place such as the Substance Abuse Act in 1970 that should have prevented abuse of the system, the penalties for violations were too small, and companies treated them as business expenses.

Source: Abby Martin, “Death & Biostitutes-The US Opioid Crisis,” Empire Files (TeleSUR English), November 29. 2017
Student Researcher: Zaynah Almaaita (College of Western Idaho)
Faculty Evaluator: Michelle Mahoney (College of Western Idaho)

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