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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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Salem-News.com (Feb-28-2014 11:56)

Parents Should be MAD as Hell Over `Heroin in a Capsule` (Zohydro ER)

Deadly drug for Americans is Launched with the Approval of the FDA... Part 2 of a Series

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Zohydro ER In Part 1, I received some comments from readers indicating I should suffer the pain they are experiencing.

Since we are dealing with an opioid epidemic in the U.S. and Canada, I challenge these people in so much pain to experience the pain of the tens of thousands of families who have lost a loved one to the opioids in plentiful supply compliments of the FDA.

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Salem-News.com (Feb-17-2014 16:37)

First in a Series: Why did the FDA approve Zohydro ER?

Countdown to thousands of deaths and addictions with blood on the hands of the FDA!
Heroin in a capsule will be coming to your local pharmacy and medicine chest in 2 weeks -- it is called Zohydro ER!!!!

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - FDA approves Zohydro ER Is the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) immersed in corruption with their approval of a highly dangerous opioid?

I'll lay it out and you decide if there has to be a "showdown" at the FDA by every AG in the country as well as the U.S Senate.

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Salem-News.com (Feb-11-2014 19:54)

UK Prepares for `U.S. Pain Champion`, Lynn Webster, MD Who Pushes `The Low Risk of Addiction to Opioids`

The UK may also not be aware that the DEA raided Dr. Webster's pain clinic in Utah and there is an ongoing DEA investigation into the toll of deaths at his clinic.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - Lynn R. Webster, MD The self-proclaimed pain champion physician of America, Lynn Webster, MD will be speaking at the 15th Annual Phase I&IIa Clinical Trials in Lancaster London UK.

Webster's resume and his expertise in the field of pain management may have the UK in awe -- but right now he is rather toxic to the medical profession in the U.S.

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Marianne Skolek of Salem-News.com

Marianne Skolek - USA / Canada

Salem-News.com Investigative Reporter

Email: Marianneskolek@aol.com

Marianne Skolek is an Investigative Reporter focusing on the Prescription Opioid/Heroin Epidemic in the U.S. and Canada. In particular, Marianne has covered the criminal marketing of OxyContin going back to 1999 and continuing to the present.

In 2002, Marianne lost her daughter, Jill to prescribed OxyContin which her physician referred to as "mobility in a bottle." It was, in fact, death in a bottle. After doing extensive research on the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, Marianne began working with the Department of Justice in Virginia in their criminal investigation into Purdue Pharma and in July 2007 was asked by the U.S. Attorney John Brownlee prosecuting the case to testify against the three CEO's of Purdue Pharma, Michael Friedman, Paul Goldenheim, MD and Howard Udell, Chief Counsel. The CEO's pleaded guilty to misleading the medical profession about the dangers of OxyContin. Marianne also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007.

In addition, a dangerous and highly addictive opioid named Zohydro has been approved by the FDA against their Advisory Committee's advice and Marianne continues to alert Attorneys General, Senators and Congressmen as to the FDA's irresponsibility in the out of control prescription opioid/heroin epidemic killing and addicting in the tens of thousands each year. Zohydro has been referred to as "heroin in a capsule" and its lowest dosage (10mg) contains twice as much hydrocodone as found in a Vicodin pill. The highest single dose of Zohydro contains as much hydrocodone as 5 to 10 tablets of Vicodin or Lortab. Zohydro mixed with alcohol can be fatal and has no abuse deterrent built in which will make it easy to crush and deliver a fatal dose of the opioid.

Currently Marianne has been instrumental in calling for the termination of Margaret Hamburg, MD, Commissioner of the FDA as well as Bob A. Rappaport, MD and Douglas Throckmorton, MD for their lack of commitment to safeguarding the American public against the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic. Marianne's research, writing and contact with government agencies and attorneys has also exposed the heavily funded pain foundations set up by the pharmaceutical industry and their paid physician spokespersons who convinced the medical boards in 50 states and Canada that dangerous opioids such as OxyContin were less likely to be addictive. These physicians -- in particular Scott Fishman, MD, J. David Haddox, DDS, MD, Perry Fine, MD, Lynn R. Webster, MD, Russell Portenoy, MD also downplayed the risks of addictive opioids in books as authors. These books are still available for sale and promoted to the medical profession.

Here are links to Marianne's involvement in exposing the national conspiracy of the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic, the FDA, the pharmaceutical industry, their pain foundations and paid physician spokespersons.

JUST Story: Phillip W. McCallum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmPG1VjD61U&list=UUWoHUEr4ZAbQOfIqtOArjgg&index=6&feature=plcp

"Learn to Cope": https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=855537227796352&set=vb.658186307531446&type=2&theater

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