(Natural News) The opioid epidemic that is currently plaguing the United States is unquestionably one of the most serious issues in the country today, taking the lives of thousands of Americans each and every year. In fact, according to PBS Frontline, the opioid epidemic is now responsible for the deaths of more than 27,000 people each year. Additionally, CBS News reported back in August that 92 million adults living in the United States, or roughly 38 percent of the population, took a legitimately prescribed opioid such as Percocet or OxyContin in 2015. The data was collected and published by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
While there are multiple reasons why opioid usage has become such a serious problem in America today, one of the most pressing reasons has to do with a secret network that is constantly fueling the criminal drug industry and allowing it to gain a foothold. Jon Rappoport of The Waking Times elaborated on this concept further.
According to Rappoport, “On the condition of anonymity, an insider with intimate knowledge of the opioid crime network spoke with me. He is not a participant or a criminal. He has spent years exposing the network.” After Rappoport asked the anonymous source to explain how a pharmacy or a medical clinic in a small town could possibly sell millions of opioid pills each year, the source explained that there is a little known network operating behind closed doors that is replete with corruption and highly illegal activity.
Here was the source’s complete answer, as explained by Jon Rappoport in his article:
“A criminal doctor or doctors are writing 75-100 opioid prescriptions a day like clockwork; ‘patients’ are flooding in from all over the country (many of them flying in once a month); they are sold the opioid prescriptions, and either fill them right there in the clinic, or take them to a friendly pharmacy. These patients are actually dealers. They return home and sell the pills to addicts.”
When asked where these small clinics and pharmacies get their large quantities of opioid pills from, the source explained that they get the pills from distributors. Additionally, when asked where the distributors themselves get the pills, the source said that they come from the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture them. Rappoport alleges that “there is no doubt about this. No one is making a mistake. No one is in the dark. No one is being fooled.” (Related: An opioid drug manufacturer has been found to have repeatedly bribed doctors with lucrative kickbacks.)
If what this anonymous source says is true, then clearly, there is a significant amount of corruption within the pharmaceutical industry that is contributing to the tragic opioid pandemic our country is suffering from today. And whether it’s launching more anti-drug campaigns or creating more laws to curb illegal drug use, the fact remains that something must be done to solve this growing problem before it becomes even more out of control. (Related: Heroin and opioid related deaths have surpassed gun homicides for the first time in history.)
The opioid epidemic has become so serious and so in need of a clear, effective solution that President Trump has recently announced plans to officially declare the nationwide crisis a national emergency. Trump announced his intentions earlier this week in front of a crowd of reporters at the White House, where he explained that declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency will allow him and his administration to do things that they otherwise couldn’t.
According to a commission that President Trump established to look into drug addiction and abuse, an average of 142 Americans died from drug overdose every day in 2015, and two-thirds of those overdose deaths were caused by opioids like Percocet, OxyContin, Fentanyl and heroin.