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Salem-News.com (Jul-13-2014 14:35)

National Conspiracy Involved in Prescription Painkiller/Heroin Epidemic by FDA

And again I ask -- how many pharma pockets was the FDA picking while they put blinders on their eyes and allowed this national conspiracy to ravage the U.S. and Canada?

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - OxyContin and Money My recent articles have referred to lawsuits filed by Santa Clara and Orange Counties, California and Chicago, Illinois against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin and several other pharmaceutical companies.

A highlight of the lawsuits references "Defendants" Marketing of Opioids for Long-Term Use to Treat Chronic Non-Cancer Pain was False, Misleading, Imbalanced, and Unsupported by Science."

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Salem-News.com (Jun-28-2014 16:55)

California and Illinois Sue Pharma for Opioid Epidemic

Why are the other 48 states so reluctant to follow their lead?

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - oxycontin abuse For the past 12 years I have been exposing Purdue Pharma for criminally marketing their highly addictive opioid, OxyContin to the medical profession and patients through their physician spokespersons and funded pain foundations.

I have long written for Salem-News.com on the individuals responsible for the epidemic of opioids/heroin in the U.S. and Canada.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-24-2014 03:22)

The States of California and Illinois are Suing Pharmaceutical Companies for Opioid Epidemic

Why is the Attorney General's office in Pennsylvania disinterested?

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Gene DiGirolamo Representative Gene DiGirolamo of Pennsylvania was quoted as saying about the prescription opioid/heroin problem in his state "People are dying all over the state of Pennsylvania -- it is a big problem and is absolutely epidemic in Pennsylvania."

His comments were made at a Hearing of the House Human Services Committee. Following is the YouTube video of Congressman DiGirolamo acknowledging the problem in Pennsylvania in the video entitled "Opioid Drug Abuse Epidemic in Pennsylvania."

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Salem-News.com (Jun-02-2014 07:23)

No Accountability in the Opioid/Heroin Epidemic Results in Dangerous False Prophets

What side are these guys on? The one holding the greenbacks, apparently.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Jeffrey Fudin Over the years I have written many articles on the profiting by paid spokespersons and foundations by the pharmaceutical industry in sparking the opioid/heroin epidemic fires throughout the U.S. and Canada.

As tens of thousands of victims of the over prescribing of opioids die or become addicted every year because of the most methodical and evil marketing of painkillers, what would happen if this epidemic became a strategy of ridicule? But maybe I'm using "ridicule" for lack of a better word -- should it be narcissism or possibly "wannabe syndrome?"

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Salem-News.com (May-11-2014 11:57)

Massachusetts Declares War on Opioids/Heroin and Zohydro to Combat Health Crisis - Will 49 States Follow?

This is the epidemic Massachusetts is fighting and it was playing out live in front of us.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Massachusetts State House, Boston, Massachusetts On April 29 I had the honor of standing on the steps of the State House in Boston, Massachusetts and speak about the opioid/heroin epidemic, the corrupt FDA and a recently approved opioid called Zohydro.

I had been invited by Joanne Peterson, Founder and Executive Director of an organization called Learn to Cope.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-21-2014 00:06)

U.S., Canada Join Forces to Fight Zohydro (Heroin in a Capsule) Before Deaths, Addiction and Abuse Soars!

Get Prescription Drugs Off The Street (GPDOTS) wishes to express our concern at the possibility of a new high-dose, extended-release opioid, Zohydro (hydrocodone bitartrate) coming to Canada’s market.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Zohydro On Tuesday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m. a rally will be held at the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts to draw attention to the FDA's approval of Zohydro.

The rally is being organized by Joanne Peterson, Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope. Former Senator Steve Tolman now President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the voice of over 400,000 union members will be a speaker at the rally.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-13-2014 17:55)

Is FDA`s Margaret Hamburg, MD Contributing to the U.S. Heroin and Opioid Epidemic by Living in an Ivory Tower?

In the past couple of weeks, the fires continue to rage at the FDA's approval of Zohydro.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - FDA's Margaret Hamburg, MD Hamburg has lost touch with reality and is not protecting the country in the heroin/opioid epidemic killing and addicting in record numbers.

Why it's time for Hamburg to be fired from her position and replaced with someone who has not profited financially from pharmaceuticals.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-22-2014 19:30)

Now it`s personal FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg -- You think being responsible for countless deaths is a joke! It`s not!!

Is there a "pay to play" involved between the FDA and the maker of Zohydro?

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg At a conference for investors in New York on Nov. 29, 2011 Zogenix's chief executive Roger Hawley said the FDA was not pressuring Zogenix to put an abuse deterrent in Zohydro. (aka heroin in a capsule).

"We would certainly consider later launching an abuse-deterrent form, but right now we believe the priority of safer hydrocodone - that is, without acetaminophen - is a key priority for the FDA," Hawley said.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-10-2014 23:19)

AG Eric Holder Calls Rise in Heroin Overdose Deaths ``an urgent public health crisis``

Make yourself comfortable Mr. Holder and I will lay out the corrupt trail from the makers of Zohydro ER, to the physicians who profited from the push for opioids over the years minimizing the risks of addiction, to the pharma financed pain foundations funded by pharma and ending right at the doors to the FDA.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - AG Eric Holder Mr. Holder stated this week that heroin overdoses increased by 45 percent between 2006 and 2010.

So what are you going to do about it Mr. Holder? You're vowing to fight this urgent public crisis. When are you going to call for a full investigation into the FDA's approval of Zohydro ER (made by Zogenix) scheduled to be launched this month?

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Salem-News.com (Mar-06-2014 21:05)

How the ``Gatekeeper`` and His ``Trailblazers`` Paved the Way for Zohydro ER (Heroin in a Capsule)

How did we become victims of the greatest marketing ploy ever created by the pharmaceutical industry, physicians working for these pharmaceutical companies, the financially rewarded pain foundations set up by pharma and last, but not least, the FDA?

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Gatekeeper The U.S. and Canada are waging a war against death, addiction and abuse to the over prescribing of prescription drugs as well as the lack of facilities to treat those victims who become horrifically addicted to these painkillers.

We are now facing yet another killer opioid hitting the pharmacy shelves this month called Zohydro ER or as it is popularly known "heroin in a capsule."

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Marianne Skolek of Salem-News.com

Marianne Skolek - USA / Canada

Salem-News.com Investigative Reporter

Email: Marianneskolek@aol.com

Salem-News.com Investigative Reporter Marianne Skolek, is an Activist exposing Purdue Pharma for their criminal activity in the promotion, marketing and over manufacturing of OxyContin throughout the United States and Canada. She began her work nine years ago after losing her daughter, Jill to prescribed OxyContin.

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. That same month she also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate.

In working with the Department of Justice and Attorney Generals, Marianne has been instrumental in charges being lodged against Purdue Pharma. She also has been retained as a consultant with private attorneys working on behalf of victims and their families against Purdue Phama.

Marianne is a leading authority on the marketing tactics used by Purdue Pharma through their funded pain societies such as the American Pain Foundation in pushing OxyContin for the "under-treatment of pain" in the United States and Canada. The under-treatment of pain is a marketing fallacy contrived by Purdue Pharma and allowed by the FDA. She continues to hold the FDA accountable for this epidemic of OxyContin and lobbies them to reclassify this narcotic to be prescribed for severe pain only - never moderate pain. To date, the FDA has turned a blind eye to the epidemic of death, addiction and abuse of this powerful narcotic.

Marianne is a nurse having graduated in 1991 as president of her graduating class. She also has a Paralegal certification. She 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 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.

Marianne recommends these links for people who want to know more about the dangerous and deadly drugs the U.S. government approves of:
oxydeaths.com/news_chilling.htm
nytimes.com/2007/05/10/business/11drug-web.html?
blog.nj.com/njv_bob_braun/2007/07/sometimes_only_justice_can_rel.html
judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/testimony.cfm?id=2905&wit_id=6612

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