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Salem-News.com (Aug-20-2014 17:33)

Dissecting the Opioid/Heroin Epidemic to Discover its Ugly Roots

What if the FDA, the DEA, Pharma and their
Lobbying Groups were responsible for the national
conspiracy in the Opioid/Heroin Epidemic?

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - US overdose rates Hypothetically, what if the FDA had an "interest" in approving dangerous opioids when just nine years an opioid called Palladone was pulled by the FDA after only a month of being on the market for its danger to the public?

Purdue Pharma, maker of the opioid, epidemic making drug OxyContin produced Palladone and had hoped to piggyback more profits in the billions with two blockbuster opioids.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-15-2014 06:40)

Are Profiteers Continuing to Downplay `Addiction` to the Medical Profession??

Salem-News.com's Marianne Skolek will be speaking at the FED UP Rally in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 28.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - opioids and greed In a continuing effort to convince the medical profession that dangerous prescription opioids are not "addictive" by substituting words such as "pseudo-addiction", "tolerance" and "dependent" add the words "chemical coping."

In the past decade, Drs. Fishman and Passik have successfully bred physicians such as Dr. Del Fabbro to carry the torch downplaying the word "addiction."

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Salem-News.com (Jul-31-2014 09:14)

Salem-News.com`s Marianne Skolek to Speak at FED UP! Rally

Those attending the rally will march to the White House to further call attention to this health crisis in the U.S. and Canada.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - FED UP RALLY I have been honored to be asked to be a speaker at the 2nd Annual FED UP! Rally to be held in Washington, D.C. on September 28, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

FED UP has long held my deepest respect for their commitment and hard work toward what they call "an immediate coordinated and comprehensive federal action to end the epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths attributed to opioids (including heroin) and other prescription drugs."

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Salem-News.com (Jul-26-2014 21:15)

Scott M. Fishman, MD Profiteer `Responsible for Opioid Addictions and Deaths`??

His "guide" became the holy grail to the medical profession in minimizing the dangers of addiction and death from prescribed opioids.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Scott M. Fishman MD I have been writing articles over the years on the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic crippling the U.S. and Canada and the contributing factors involved.

These factors are the physicians paid by the pharmaceutical industry to write books and speak directly to the medical profession downplaying the long term use of opioids for chronic pain.

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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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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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