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Salem-News.com (Aug-14-2019 22:56)

Oregon Drug Take-Back Bill Becomes Law

Oregon is the sixth state to require drug manufacturers to manage and fund take-back program

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Oregon take-back The law will ensure that every community in Oregon has free, convenient access to safe drug disposal.

The law takes effect in September 2019 and the program must be operational by July 1, 2021.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-12-2019 23:01)

Portland Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Butane Hash Oil Explosion

Hughes previously pleaded guilty to a single count of endangering human life.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Hughes residence after explosion 30-year old Christopher James Hughes, a resident of Portland, Oregon, was sentenced today to eight months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for endangering human life while illegally manufacturing hash oil, a controlled substance.

According to court documents, at the time of the explosion and fire, three children were inside the residence. All of the children were safely evacuated and none sustained any physical injuries.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-10-2019 01:15)

Drug Companies Sued for Price Fixing by 44 States

"This may be the largest cartel case in the history of the United States" -Connecticut Attorney General William Tong

(SALEM, Ore.) - Pharmaceuticals In May, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined 43 states in a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers alleging a broad conspiracy to inflate and manipulate prices, reduce competition and restrain trade for more than 100 different generic drugs.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, also names 15 individual senior executive defendants who were responsible for sales, marketing, pricing and operations.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-01-2019 22:08)

Greed Fuels Drug Addiction Recovery Efforts

Is "Harm Reduction" actually "Harm Promotion" in the opioid/drug epidemic?

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Ryan Hampton Anyone questioning how the U.S. has become a killing field in the opioid/drug epidemic going back randomly to 1999? Let me break it down for you, taken from the National Register:

In 1995, the amount of kilos of oxycodone approved for sale in the U.S. was 4,794,000. In 2013, the amount of kilos of oxycodone approved for sale in the U.S. was 153,750,000 (32x's the 1995 volume).

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Salem-News.com (Jul-19-2019 14:13)

Was the Opioid Epidemic Allowed to Become an Intentional Killing Field?

The opioid epidemic is evident in 2000 and clearly peaks in 2013.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - DEA drug assessment On July 16, "The Washington Post" published a "breaking" article on 76 billion opioid pills unmasking the epidemic. Further they stated that in the many lawsuits filed across the country against the pharmaceutical industry, "plaintiffs have long accused drug manufacturers and wholesales of fueling the opioid epidemic by producing and distributing billions of pain pills while making billions of dollars.

The drug companies, along with the DEA and the Justice Department, have fought furiously against the public release of the database. Until now, the litigation has proceeded in unusual secrecy.

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Salem-News.com (Jul-11-2019 00:44)

Portenoy Profits from Testifying in Pharma Lawsuits

Portenoy once said that opioids needed to be denationalized with virtually no concern about their addiction and abuse calling it a “medical myth.”

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Salem-News.com I determined that Russell Portenoy, MD was going to be an "expert" testifying for states suing the pharmaceutical industry.

Some of those pharmaceutical companies are Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Endo, Teva, Janssen -- the same pharmas promoting the use of opioids while minimizing the dangers and addictive qualities of the drugs -- with the encouragement of Dr. Portenoy.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-04-2019 00:17)

Texas Man Sentenced to 9 Years for Oregon Pill Mill

Pill mill clinic manager will go to Federal Prison for illegal opioid distribution

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Julie DeMille and Osasuyi  Idumwonyi Idumwonyi and DeMille split the clinic’s cash proceeds. In a typical day at the clinic, DeMille saw up to 20 patients, charging each $200 in cash. In 2015, the clinic generated at least $388,000 in revenue.

DeMille's prescriptions resulted in the distribution of more than 219,000 pills, 96.7% of which were opioids.

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Salem-News.com (May-08-2019 01:55)

Is Scott M. Fishman, MD Responsible for Opioid Addictions and Deaths?

His "guide" aimed at State Medical Boards around the country became the holy grail to physicians in minimizing the dangers of addiction and death from prescribed opioids such as OxyContin.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Scott M. Fishman Dr. Fishman has been relatively quiet since being named in a now sealed US Senate Finance Committee investigation as well as being sued throughout the country for his part in the opioid epidemic.

The complaint states that Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, drafted and sponsored "Responsible Opioid Prescribing", a clinician guidebook produced by the Federation of State Medical Board (FSMB) and written by Scott M. Fishman, MD.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-22-2019 23:38)

Someone`s Child:
My Addict as written by a Forever Broken Mom

This speaks to every parent who has lost a loved one to the opioid/heroin epidemic, or is fighting for the life of a loved one

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - my addict All day -- every day so many of these faces come over to me. We are losing a generation of beautiful, young people. Do you think it is time to stop idolizing the "wannabe rock star advocates" and work on prevention, education and treatment like your child's life depends on it? (Because it does)

Can a focus be put on "harm elimination" rather than "harm reduction?" Can the word "stigma" be unspoken and the word "outrage" be shouted that financial profit has overtaken saving human life?

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Salem-News.com (Apr-03-2019 17:46)

Purdue Pharma and the Sackler Family were exposed in 2007. Why was it ignored?

Why has it taken 12 years for attention to be given to Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers when I begged for it in 2007?

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Sackler Pharma RICO Consider how many lives could have been saved if those responsible for the prescription opioid epidemic had been charged under RICO. Why should they have been charged and what exactly is RICO? Here is a simplified definition for those not familiar.

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or
RICO, is a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.

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