Kentucky Sues Major Drug Distributor Over Opioid Crisis In Their State

“Are you ready to die? Has life gotten to a point where you just want to feel numb all of the time? Hi, I’m McKesson. With a simple prescription of Oxycontin, you too can eliminate all of your hopes, dreams, and aspirations.” Sounds like the beginning of a menacing infomercial but not far off from reality. If only the pharmaceutical companies could make honest advertisements with not paid actors. Of course, that would be bad for business though. The hypnotism that painkillers “aid” people is a propaganda that is much more profitable.   

The opioid crisis is something of catastrophic proportion that the pharmaceutical companies are only aiding and abetting. Which companies do you ask? While there’s many to name, a few of the top heavyweight contenders include Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and subsidiary Cephalon, Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Allergan. These are the companies responsible for manifesting all the premature death that surrounds most on a regular basis. Addict or not, the crisis has gotten to a point where it’s starting to affect everybody’s life in one way or another.  

With some state morgues overflowing from overdose rates and other states losing up to 8 people per day due to opioid-related death, this enigma seems unstoppable at this point. Well, a few states have finally had enough. Stepping up to the plate is Kentucky’s opioid crisis. After a chart-topping year of overdoses in 2017, the state of Kentucky has filed lawsuits against McKesson Corp- another one of the nation’s chemically driven public enemies.

Fried Chicken and Fried Brains

When we really look at the situation of addiction, it’s a rotten disease plain and simple. There’s no other way of looking at something that causes people to make one harmful decision after the next. You see, the problem with drugs is that they are too strong and are everywhere. Everybody and their mother is looking for some sort of escapism from the emotional perils of sensibility. The narcotics produced by McKesson Corp are providing escapisms to masses of people oblivious to detrimental effects. Believe it or not, Kentucky’s opioid crisis is mostly accidental. Most are unaware of the demons awakening as they shovel pill after pill down their throat.

You see, the disease of addiction ropes the individual into chemical dependency or other addictive patterns that are generally harmful to a person’s health. Yet that person won’t care. They become locked under an alcoholic obsession that only worries about itself. It takes this strong mental hold that negatively collides with most positive things in their lives.

2017 was a rough year for addiction in due to the chemical equation at hand. Outlets everywhere and more and more people were sadly looking to plug in. It’s like the moths that bash themselves against the lights at nighttime. They’re killing themselves to get to this substance that just mesmerizes them.  Kentucky’s opioid crisis only got worse throughout 2017 as too many people chased that light until their last breath. Let’s cross our fingers for 2018 because it’s safe to say we have a dilemma on our hands.

Beshear to the Rescue

Kentucky’s Attorney General Andy Beshear explains, “McKesson knowingly and intentionally distributed enormous quantities of prescription opioids throughout Kentucky with total disregard for our health and safety. This reckless behavior fueled our catastrophic drug epidemic that every community is facing.”

Beshear also brought lawsuits upon Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions back in November. Like a shark out for blood. He also goes on to remark, “I’m committed to holding accountable these multi-national companies that made billions flooding our communities. Kentucky families deserve justice.” The man couldn’t be more right either. Kentucky’s opioid crisis has put a number of its counties onto the CDC’s list for those at risk of a public health crisis. A few of these counties include:

  • Floyd
  • Perry
  • Clay
  • Owsley
  • Bell

Unfortunately, the list doesn’t stop there either. While overdose number continues to rise and Kentucky’s opioid crisis continues to flourish, there’s no telling how many will eventually make it onto death’s VIP list.  

The Commonwealth Commondeath

It is with great appreciation from the whole nation that Attorney General Beshear makes his moves for Kentucky’s opioid crisis, but is it enough? The irony of the whole situation is that when there is a supply there will always be a demand. Even with Trump’s address of the nation being in a state of emergency, it still seems impossible to put this ship to a halt.

The last couple years have seen a decrease in prescription opioid sales because of new laws implemented to slow everything down, but abuse stays at an all-time high. Even with eliminating all pharmaceutical tyrants, more people will turn to heroin because of its accessibility. This is the mentality that has silently fed Kentucky’s opioid crisis. Opiates play just as much a role in this, synthetic or not. Prevention is one battle, but treatment for existing addiction is another.

We are able to admit there is a problem that is taking everybody out but it is time to finally accept it. Having to accept something you don’t like can put anybody’s feathers in a ruffle. Addiction and alcoholism don’t give you a choice. They force you to take the facts as they come and there isn’t a pause button to this movie. The funding has been provided and the troops have been rallied. It’s time for people and the state to take initiative for the state of the people.

There is a Solution

Life likes to sneak up on people but addiction will grab you up by the ankles and flip your whole world upside down. From then on out it’s a constant game of catch up. However, there are alternatives to the disease running your life. If you or your loved one is in need of detoxification due to substance dependency, please call 888-481-1993 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind

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