Obama Starts 11th-Hour Drive on Prescription Drug Abuse

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The Justice Department is preparing to launch a new strategy to address the unrelenting scourge of heroin and opioid addiction, in part by placing greater emphasis on identifying links between over-prescribing doctors and distribution networks across the nation, reports USA Today. The plan, outlined by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is part of what the newspaper calls an eleventh-hour push by the Obama administration against a public health crisis that continues to claim nearly 100 people each day.

In a memo to all 94 U.S. Attorney offices, Lynch urges prosecutors to share information more readily across state lines about prescription drug abuses by physicians that could identify traffickers and their far-flung routes more quickly. Lynch said federal prosecutors will be directed to coordinate their enforcement efforts with public health authorities as part of a strategy that puts equal emphasis on prevention and treatment. “I’m not calling anybody out, because I think the people who look at this problem realize quickly how devastating it has been to families, to communities, to public health dollars, to law enforcement resources,” the attorney general said. “There is no one magic bullet for this.” While opioid and heroin addiction have earned the distinction as the single greatest drug threat in the U.S., as the casualty rate has nearly quadrupled since 1999, the federal government’s effort to counter it — or even slow it — has been spotty.


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  1. Drugs “found near body” is not a toxicology report. You cannot benefit from Kratom by having it near your body. Anyone having it has been through something incredibly difficult. My sister jumped off a cliff and died – on purpose. We didn’t blame the stuff she had on her house or in her car. It’s society. Nobody recognizes or validates mental illness, or physical pain. Blame it on the lack of effective western meds and society frowning on those suffering. Stigma and misinformation has caused – in part – lack of health for many. Having Kratom in your room when you commit suicide does NOT mean the death was caused by it. Blame your TV set, blame cellphones (my sister took hers over the cliff, maybe cell phones are dangerous and addictive.)
    So sorry to hear of loss of a loved one. Not facing what really was going on is your choice. Kratom on property is clearly THERE because that person wished to feel better, legally. It clearly didn’t in this case. If I die tomorrow, I will have Kratom on my property.
    Kratom does not induce suicide. Write me personally if you’d like to find out what REALLY causes suicides. Look at the SSRI’s every mass shooter is taking. Instead, they want to ban guns. I have lost two family members to suicide. The third one lived, but remains on serious medication for the remainder of his life. There are reasons people commit suicide. Kratom is not toxic, PERIOD. People have tried to abuse it, and over time, become addicted. But they are blaming THEIR ACTIONS on a plant! Nobody shoves plant leaves down their throat. They have the disease of addiction, which can apply to ANYTHING done in excess. See Google for addiction. It is when using ANYTHING, gambling, shopping, drugs, etc disrupt your life, family, etc. My story of suicide survival is proof. I have the same disease, addiction, and I use Kratom for very real pain and brain activity improvement, mostly to battle depression. The ones NOT TRYING it are the ones dying. It’s not a miracle cure, of anything, either. I’m sorry about the grief and loss you are all suffering. Regardless of the cause. Mistakenly blaming a plant before toxicology is done is simply, not helpful. So sorry, again. Sincerely, Laurie

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