I think pharmaceutical companies are the next Big Tobacco.
Let me explain what I mean by Big Tobacco. Big Tobacco is a term for all the major cigarette companies that fought hard against recognizing the fact that cigarettes are harmful. These companies worked together for decades to hide just how dangerous their product was. They packaged cigarettes to be cool. They sold them with cartoons to attract children. They sold their product under the idea it was healthy for as long as possible, and even afterward, tried to sell it as great for relaxation, even though that was also untrue.
All of this, and they did it while knowing the whole time they were lying and their product was killing people.
That’s Big Tobacco.
And I think the pharmaceutical companies are next. Look, I live in a community with an opioid problem. I know people, some of them distant relatives, who are struggling with this. One of my second or third cousins had an accident at work, got prescribed pain medication for over a year, very strong opioids, and now can’t break the habit. Treating patients with opioids over a long period has turned many people into junkies, into criminals, and I bet the pharmaceutical companies knew about it all along.
After all, it’s been known for well over a century that opioids are addicting and need to be used responsibly in medicine. When did it become so easy to prescribe massive amounts of them with very little oversight? Why is this happening now and not four decades ago?
The reason is the pharmaceutical companies have been pushing these drugs. Just think of all those commercials you see on TV all the time for those new products. All those smiling people taking drugs that, if you listen to the little blurb at the end, can cause addiction, numerous horrible side effects, and death. In most countries, trying to sell drugs to consumers who are not doctors is illegal. It’s also illegal to send people to doctor’s offices trying to butter up doctors in order to get them to sell a new pill.
In this country, though, that’s all just fine. What I suspect is Big Pharma has known for a long time many of its drugs are highly addictive, and perhaps they’ve even purposefully made them more addictive, because what better way to grow sales than to create junkies who HAVE TO HAVE their product?
The only hope for this is to find some lawyers, like the attorneys of the Williams Kherkher Law Firm, who will fight Big Pharma the way they fought Big Tobacco. One or two big cases could crack this whole conspiracy wide open. Only then can we hope to see the decline in opioid addiction like we’ve seen in cigarette use. It’s only going to happen once we can force Big Pharma to admit, just like Big Tobacco did, that it’s a fraud.