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No Expenses Spared for NADDI by Convicted National Drug Peddler Purdue PharmaMarianne Skolek Salem-News.com
The convicted felons of Purdue Pharma put National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and law enforcement up at the finest hotels in the country.
(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) had the below conference listed on their website. Since I live in Myrtle Beach, I emailed several members of the Executive Board of NADDI and asked who would be speaking at their conference. It has been several days now and I haven't received one reply from any of the individuals I emailed. Their lack of courtesy and professionalism does not surprise me.
On September 9, 2009 I wrote an article about Attorney General Jack Conway of Kentucky accepting a $50,000 check from NADDI. Purdue Pharma funds NADDI and the State of Kentucky is suing Purdue Pharma for the epidemic of death and addiction in their state due to OxyContin. My goal was to have the check returned to NADDI from Kentucky with a "thanks but no thanks", we're suing your benefactor, Purdue Pharma. That didn't happen, but the lawsuit is still tied up in Federal Court in New York and my hope is that when it is remanded back to Kentucky, the victims of OxyContin will have a voice loud and clear -- and the check will be refunded.
I noticed that NADDI's website no longer shows the Purdue Pharma insignia, but does show the RX Patrol insignia. This is the website Purdue Pharma set up to reward tips on pharmacy break-ins with a whopping $1,000 payoff. I recently wrote about RX Patrol and the very outdated information on their website dating back to 2007 and 2008.
The NADDI website does have some interesting information on it such as --
NADDI's LE (Law Enforcement) Grant is sponsored by Purdue Pharma to help address the complex problem of prescription drug abuse and diversion through the provision of resources to local law enforcement entities engaged in combating the abuse and diversion of scheduled prescription drugs. The LE Grant Program is designed to recognize law enforcement agencies that have achieved excellence in the investigation of pharmaceutical diversion. This may be for a particular event, or for an overall program of enforcement or prevention programs, or a combination of both. The maximum amount of this grant is $10,000.
Although in bold letters, the following is posted about Purdue Pharma's very generous $10,000 grant.
NADDI is not currently accepting LE Grant applications.
I say very generous because Purdue Pharma is a $10 billion plus company. But then they only offer $1,000 rewards for their RX Patrol tips -- maybe RX Patrol should ask for an additional $9,000 for tips so Purdue Pharma doesn't play favorites.
Here is the agenda posted for the NADDI conference in Myrtle Beach:
I used to post on blogs that I had some respect for NADDI; after all they were fighting the drug problem in this country, and working with law enforcement to combat it. That is until I realized that Purdue Pharma was financing them and setting up these conferences. I have a problem with law enforcement being associated with convicted felons. Kind of goes against what they are supposed to stand for in this country. Protecting us against "the bad guys." That's when I started posting on blogs that NADDI taking any financial assistance or help from the criminally convicted Purdue Pharma would be like America's Most Wanted asking Charles Manson to help them track felons.
Years ago someone from a government agency told me they attended a NADDI conference and a Purdue Pharma "gatekeeper" was giving a talk to law enforcement and put himself in "Starsky & Hutch" mode. I was told it was J. David Haddox, dentist turned psychiatrist and a Vice President of Risk Management at Purdue Pharma. The same Haddox who years ago convinced the medical profession that patients exhibiting signs of addiction were in reality only experiencing "pseudo-addiction" and down-played the addictive qualities of OxyContin.
So if Haddox is again on the speakers agenda in my home city in March and does, in fact, act as a law enforcement character, may I make the following suggestion to the NADDI Board of Directors: Dress Haddox up as rooster (being sure to conceal the red furry tail) because you have allowed "the fox" to enter the hen house. The hen house being every state in the country experiencing an epidemic of addiction and death because of the marketing of OxyContin.
So enjoy your couple of days at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach. The convicted felons certainly put NADDI and law enforcement up at the finest hotels in the country.
Marianne is a nurse having graduated in 1991 as president of her graduating class. She also has a Paralegal certification. Marianne served on a Community Service Board for the Courier News, a Gannet newspaper in NJ writing articles predominantly regarding AIDS patients and their emotional issues. She was awarded a Community Service Award in 1993 by the Hunterdon County, NJ HIV/AIDS Task Force in recognition of and appreciation for the donated time, energy and love in facilitating a Support Group for persons with HIV/AIDS.
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