Tasmanian Devil Turns Out to be Poppy Fields

In the midst of the opioid epidemic and the rush to blame pharmaceutical companies for the waves of death washing across the U.S., a new and disturbing element entered the equation: poppy fields in Tanzania owned by the major pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson.

Johnson and Johnson needed a reliable source of opium, so they decided to develop a new strain of poppy especially for oxycodone. This decision turned many doctors into drug pushers and the pharmacies into the dealers of a deadly drug that kills approximately 70,200 Americans every year: approximately 32 a day.

The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) has noticed that the suppliers were ignoring the rules and instead of closing the loophole, the DEA decided to leave the pipeline open. That paved the way for the opioid epidemic to flood the markets and turn average Americans into junkies, people who simply needed relief from pain.

“Judge Balkman has affirmed our position that Johnson and Johnson maliciously and diabolically created the opioid epidemic in our state (Oklahoma),” Mr. Hunter said. Hunter said between 2015 and 2018 “18 million opioid prescriptions were written in a state with a population of 3.9 million people. On average, one Oklahoman dies every day from a drug overdose.

Purdue Pharma owned by the Sackler family, hid their billions so they wouldn’t have to pay for their illegal drug sales. The New York Times reported that New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Oklahoma and Utah filed a lawsuit against them. Oklahoma said the state would need $893 million a year, or about $17 billion over 20 years.

The epidemic is far from over, and the total consequences remain unknown. What is known is that big pharmaceutical companies deliberately turned our nation into a country of junkies, hooked on opioids.  Maybe some of the for-profit prisons have room for the executives who decided to pursue flooding our nation with illegal opioids.