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Salem-News.com (May-17-2016 22:09)

The Word is Credibility -Not Stigma -in the Prescription Opioid/Heroin Epidemic!

"It's a public health epidemic, but it's completely man made." ~Dr. Sanjay Gupta

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - Anderson Cooper This past week CNN broadcast an Anderson Cooper interview on the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic at a Town Hall Meeting.

CNN has been accused by the U.S. Pain Foundation, a lobbying group for pharma in catering to the needs of chronic pain patients in their use of long term opioids, at stigmatizing the pain patients.

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Salem-News.com (May-13-2016 00:13)

10 Pounds of Heroin, 14 Pounds of Meth Seized in Huge Drug Bust

Salem Police Conclude Major Drug Investigation

(SALEM, Ore.) - drugs and more A nearly two month long drug investigation had a turning point Tuesday evening with the arrest of seven individuals and the service of seven search warrants.

The Salem Police Department seized over ten pounds of heroin, over 14 pounds of methamphetamine, and in excess of two pounds of cocaine. In addition, over $466,000 and six vehicles were seized.

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Salem-News.com (May-04-2016 17:40)

FDA Corruption Worsens as Death Toll Mounts in Drug Epidemic!

Our kids are dying! How could the FDA approve Zohydro ER when the high probability of death exists?

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - opioid drug deaths One of Dr. Robert Rappaport’s biggest "contributions" to the American people before the FDA announced his retirement was approval of an opioid called Zohydro ER.

Zohydro ER was the first hydrocodone-only opioid in doses of 5 to 10 times more heroin-like narcotic than Vicodin. The FDA disregarded their own Advisory Committee who voted 11-2 not to approve the opioid because of the Committee’s concerns about the potential impact on public health.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-05-2016 20:36)

Why is the death toll from prescription opioids and heroin raging out of control?

Addictions and deaths expected to continue increasing in the coming years.

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - heroin opioid deaths In the fourteen years since I began exposing the criminal activity of the FDA, pharma, pain foundations and physicians funded by pharma, U.S. Senators profiting from pharma, as well as pill mill doctors, I have become more and more frustrated.

A few weeks ago, I received a message telling me in no uncertain terms to "back off" and stick to "advocacy".

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Salem-News.com (Feb-01-2016 21:45)

Prescription Opioids and Heroin - Our Kids are Dying!

The talk is not working. The workshops are not working. The government task forces are not working. Education is not working. If it were, the numbers would be declining not going through the roof. Our kids are dying!

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - drug addiction In the 14 years I have been writing about the prescription opioid crisis which has evolved into a heroin epidemic, my frustration level has elevated.

In July 2007, I testified in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about OxyContin and the criminal conviction of Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin.

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Salem-News.com (Jan-17-2016 21:17)

Part 2 - Smoking Gun Series - Is it time for Partnership for Drug Free Kids to be Investigated?

The FED UP! Coalition creates one voice calling for an end to the epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths attributed to opioids (including heroin) and other prescription drugs.

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - Partnership for Drug Free Kids On December 20, 2015, I wrote an article regarding Partnership for Drug Free Kids and called for an investigation of their finances.

The article was directed to Partnership's new chairman, Michael White (former CEO of DirectTV). The link to this article in the Smoking Gun Series was Part 1 and is provided here http://www.salem-news.com/articles/january072016/partnership-drug-free-kids.php. My concern with Partnership goes beyond their finances which are shown below -- revenue is quite healthy -- enough to provide for an elaborate gala to celebrate in NYC at an expensive venue.

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Salem-News.com (Jan-07-2016 20:14)

The Smoking Gun Series - Is it time for an Investigation into Drug-Free Kids and their Finances?

Drug overdose deaths in the US have soared while much money is being made.

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Gala In recent years, I have had the good fortune of communicating with Mike White while he headed DIRECTV. He impressed me as being a "hands on - take charge" CEO who ran a tight ship.

Earlier this month, Mike became Chairman of Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and my level of concern was peaked. Why would Partnership need the expertise of communications and technology while the country is being ravaged by addiction and death to prescription opioids/heroin?

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Salem-News.com (Jan-04-2016 16:37)

Aryan Brotherhood Methamphetamine Operation Dismantled

Meth-selling network comes to a halt in Texas.

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - meth When a federal judge recently sentenced the last two of 34 Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang members to prison for their roles in a methamphetamine drug distribution network, it marked the end of the gang’s foothold in Central Texas—and also highlighted the extraordinary partnership between local, state, and federal law enforcement that brought the criminals to justice.

Methamphetamine—also known as ”meth” and “ice” because it is usually sold in crystallized form—can devastate communities.

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Salem-News.com (Nov-22-2015 02:00)

Salem Police Conclude Heroin Investigation with Arrest

Heroin use and it's peddlers are a scourge on Salem.

(SALEM, Ore.) - John Wills Jr. Following weeks of investigation, the Salem Police Department's Street Crimes Unit arrested 50-year old John Wills Jr. for distributing heroin.

Detectives stopped Wills at Lancaster and State St during a traffic stop Thursday at about 8:30 PM and took him into custody. He was armed with a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest.

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Salem-News.com (Nov-13-2015 00:08)

Sackler Family, Owners of the Maker of OxyContin make List of America`s Richest

Unimaginable wealth funds a pain foundation, which is under investigation.

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - Raymond and Beverly Sackler As families throughout the U.S. are losing their children to addiction and death because of the criminal lies in the marketing of OxyContin, the Sackler family lives a life style most people could only imagine.

Forbes Magazine recently listed America's richest families and the owners of Purdue Pharma, maker of the highly addictive opioid, OxyContin made the list at a whopping $14 billion net worth.

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