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It's Time for Partnership for a Drug Free America.org to Show us the Money and Save Our Kids' Lives!Marianne Skolek Salem-News.com
Michael's doctor assured Avi that his son "needed" these painkillers...
(MYRTLE BEACH SC) - I have been writing about a man named Avi Israel from Buffalo, NY. His son, Michael died last year at the age of 20 - suicide. Michael had been prescribed addictive painkillers for his medical condition.
When he realized that he was addicted, he went to his dad and asked for help. Avi first approached Michael's doctor who assured Avi that Michael "needed" these painkillers.
Avi then tried to find a facility that could treat his son's addiction. Avi was told there were "no beds available in New York." Michael in total desperation ended his life rather than having to deal with the horrific effects of addiction. (See the youtube video below or at this link: SON COMMITTS SUCIDE, FAMILY FIGHTS FOR HIS RIGHTS. MICHAEL DAVID ISRAEL - YouTube)
Avi could have sat back and mourned this beautiful boy's life, but rather he chose to have his voice heard. He has lobbied for laws in New York dealing with addiction to be changed and he has traveled to Washington, DC to not knock on doors -- but to break them down. I have said before that Avi Israel is a man to be reckoned with.
He and his wife, Julie will never see Michael become an architect, marry and give them grandchildren. But they are fighting to save your children from the same fate that ended Michael's life -- addiction.
Partnership for a Drug Free America.org http://www.drugfree.org/ approached Avi Israel to work with him. "Partnership" is heavily funded by the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma. The same company who lied about the dangers of the drug that is now crippling the U.S. and Canada. Purdue Pharma is worth approximately $13 billion -- big bucks. "Partnership" advocates for education to prevent our children from experimenting with prescription drugs. So here's something I would like "Partnership" to consider -- just in the interest of advising them that Avi will probably not buy what is being sold in public relations from a criminal pharmaceutical company, Purdue Pharma. Consider this scenario: Your loved one goes to their primary care physician and receives the dreaded news -- "you have cancer." But instead of treating your cancer we want to "educate" you and your family. Let's start with emptying your medicine cabinets of any drugs that might be harmful to you. Let's tell your family members that cancer is a killer if left untreated -- but we're not going to treat you. We're going to "educate" you. What's the difference here? I'll tell you what it is. If Partnership For a Drug Free America.org can take money from a pharmaceutical company worth $13 billion to "educate" -- they can demand that rehabilitation facilities be set up throughout the country to "treat" the addiction -- not "educate." Do you actually think that a man like Avi Israel is going to sit back and help empty medicine cabinets and educate kids about the dangers of prescription drugs? His son knew he was addicted - that's education. He was denied treatment because in the state of New York - there was no bed available to Michael Israel. That is a crime. Michael Israel knew the dangers of the prescription drugs he was prescribed -- notice I say "prescribed" -- he didn't buy them off the streets. There was no treatment available to him and he ended his life. Today Partnership For a Drug Free America.org asked Avi Israel to stand on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and ring the closing bell for Michael Israel. Quite an honor I would say. But I don't think Michael's dad is going to be happy with ringing a bell and "educating" kids about the dangers of prescription drugs. It hasn't worked to this point and it appears that we have a Holocaust of loss of life while "Partnership" focuses on education and not treatment. A few hours ago, Partnership for a Drug Free America.org twittered "stay updated about our multi-yr effort to eliminate teen medicine abuse!" I'm curious -- what in the world is "teen medicine abuse?" It's hard for me to swallow this -- and I think that parents throughout the country who are dealing with death and addiction of loved ones should now be saying -- "Show me the money." If "Partnership" is taking funding from a multi-billion pharmaceutical company responsible for the hundreds of thousands of people addicted or dead -- put their money into treatment. Stop blowing smoke -- we're not buying what you're selling. "Partnership" shows on their website - "We work with corporations, foundations, associations and other nonprofits to develop educational programs." This prescription drug epidemic is out of control and education is obviously not the answer -- treatment is the answer. Demand Partnership for a Drug Free America.org show us "the money" in treating addiction -- not talking about addiction. What better benefactor of the treatment of the prescription drug epidemic than the pharmaceutical company who brought this nightmare into our homes -- Purdue Pharma.
LP - Listen to my words -- you are the best for being you and loving me -- as I love you.
HELP CHANGE THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY!
On October 29, 2012 (Monday) "Save the Michaels of the World" is planning a protest in Washington, DC at the FDA building. This is an opportunity to let the Federal agency that is supposed to protect us know what a lousy job they are doing. We need your help. Join us in Washington. Together we can change the future of this country!
FDA White Oak Campus
The Great Room (Rm. 1503)
White Oak Conference Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland
Go to the Facebook page - Save the Michaels of the World - Join this organization fighting for change in an effort to save lives in this epidemic of drugs
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Investigative Reporter for Salem-News.com
Activist for Victims of OxyContin and Purdue Pharma - a criminally convicted pharmaceutical company
Salem-News.com Investigative Reporter Marianne Skolek, is an Activist for Victims of OxyContin and Purdue Pharma throughout the United States and Canada. In July 2007, she testified against Purdue Pharma in Federal Court in Virginia at the sentencing of their three CEO's - Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Paul Goldenheim - who pleaded guilty to charges of marketing OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to physicians and patients. She also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007. Marianne works with government agencies and private attorneys in having a voice for her daughter Jill, who died in 2002 after being prescribed OxyContin, as well as the voice for scores of victims of OxyContin. She has been involved in her work for the past 8-1/2 years and is currently working on a book that exposes Purdue Pharma for their continued criminal marketing of OxyContin.
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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