Whistleblower (DIGITAL VERSION) - June 2018
OPIOID NATION: Conquering America's worst drug epidemic ever
The "opioid crisis."
Somehow the phrase, so tidy and official, fails to convey the otherworldly horror currently spreading like an out-of-control monster wildfire across America.
The nation's worst drug epidemic ever has taken the lives of more than 500,000 Americans since 2000, and some experts believe another 500,000 may die in the next decade if current trends persist. In 2016 and 2017, more Americans lost their lives each year to drug overdoses than died during the entire Vietnam War, driving Americans' life expectancy as a whole downward.
And the crisis is only worsening. According to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdoses are dramatically spiking across America.
"We have an emergency on our hands," CDC acting director Anne Schuchat told National Public Radio. "The fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic continues and is accelerating. We saw, sadly, that in every region, in every age group of adults, in both men and women, overdoses from opioids are increasing."
Moreover, officials say overdose and death rates are almost certainly higher than those reflected by statistics, since many victims never see the inside of an emergency room. Indeed, fueled especially by ultra-potent substances like fentanyl, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death for Americans under the age of 50, the CDC reports.
More ominous yet, it turns out many "accidental" overdose deaths may be intentional. The immediate past president of the American Psychiatric Association, Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., recently said that based on the best available data, "it looks like it’s anywhere between 25 and 45 percent of deaths by overdose that may be actual suicides."
What could possibly be causing such a catastrophic meltdown of American civilization? Even more important, can it be stopped – and if so, how?
That is the singular focus of the June issue of WND's acclaimed Whistleblower magazine, "OPIOID NATION: Conquering America's worst drug epidemic ever."
Issue highlights include:
- "Winning the new opium wars" by David Kupelian, on what it will take to finally end the worst drug epidemic in American history
- "Kentucky is the latest state to sue big pharma for 'ravaging our communities and destroying our families'"
- "Life recovery – by the book," a look at the enormously popular "Life Recovery Bible"
- "The opioid disaster: Who benefits?" by Jane M. Orient, M.D., in which the veteran doctor explains the roles of the various players in America's killer epidemic
- "Why God hates drugs" by Joseph Farah, who shares a poignant personal story, concluding, "To see someone come back from the living dead is powerful. It’s a miracle"
- "What's driving the opioid epidemic?" by Star Parker, who says: "The center of the deadly problem is with the disturbed user or perpetrator, rather than with the instrument – whether it is a gun or a drug"
- "The opioid crisis and suicide" by Nancy Valko, on the shocking CDC revelation that "anywhere between 25 and 45 percent of deaths by overdose may be actual suicides"
- "Kellyanne Conway on the opioid crisis" by Bre Payton and Kelsey Harkness, in which the presidential counselor details how the Trump administration is dealing with the epidemic
- "Re-embracing the 'gold standard' for pain treatment" by Chuck Norris, who explains how pain pills are easier and cheaper to prescribe than safer, more effective, but time-intensive solutions for which insurance might not be willing to pay
- "China's full-spectrum war on America" by Curtis Ellis, who writes: "The most infernal weapon China wields is opioids. It’s an insidious form of chemical warfare"
- "How American culture encourages addiction" by David Kupelian, citing recovery counselors that point the way to genuine healing
- "How Trump can end the opioid crisis (it's not how he thinks)" by Erik Rush, who notes: "People do not abuse drugs because they are available; people abuse drugs because they are miserable"
- "Getting the opioid epidemic right" by former "drug czar" William J. Bennett and Robert DuPont, M.D., who conclude: "To focus exclusively on treatment and recovery at the expense of prevention is like building prosthetic limb stores on shark-infested beachfronts.'"
"The opioid crisis is so bad," says Whistleblower Editor David Kupelian, "that without taking a good hard look at it, people reflexively underestimate it. In reality, it's almost unthinkable in its actual devastation – like a major war in the homeland, or an epic plague sweeping the land. This issue of Whistleblower tells the honest and deeply moving story of how this devilishly vexing problem has come about – as well as the very best information, insights and strategies for recovery, both individually and as a nation."
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