2013: Walgreens to pay $80 million for oxycodone violations

Direct from DEA, 2013: dea.gov/press-releases…
2018: This Walgreens gets 5 times US average of oxycodone. The DEA is asking why
#GoodJournalism #JournalismForThePeople revealnews.org/article/this-w…
2018: a question worth answering.
When Trump calls for the death penalty to drug dealers, does he mean Big Pharma?
2018: Florida sues Walgreens, CVS over opioid sales
Interesting that it’s Florida, because Florida’s AG got ISSUES, y’all.
2018: Kentucky sues Walgreens over opioid epidemic
So. If DoJ Criminal Division is looking at Walgreens, is Benczkowski recused?
H/t @mopeng
Cherokee Nation Sues Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens Over Tribal Opioid Crisis
I’m seeing some interesting coverage from 2013, about how prescription fill delays due to increased caution are harmful to patients. Starting to wonder how those stories were pitched and if opioid MAKERS (hi sackler assholes) had PR spin going. Example: theverge.com/2013/11/22/513…
Another example: it seems like the intentions of the leaker were genuine and there IS cause for concern for especially terminally ill patients on hospice being denied meds. wthr.com/article/walgre…
So there is legitimate reason to be worried for patients for whom the medication is the only thing that eases their suffering-enduring their access is important. That said, the coverage of this angle is interesting to me. Because it’s in the pharma co’s interest to push the...
narrative that the DEA and FDA and everyone is being too cautious in filling prescriptions, since greater caution means a reduction in ABUSE of the drug, which means a reduction in SALES of the drug, which is all those pharma companies care about-as has been shown time and again.
Thus I am curious if the pharma co’s had PR narrative control in play here. They do that. A lot. pbs.org/newshour/show/…
I’d also like to know if the pharmacy companies themselves had PR campaigns to push the “it’s too hard for people to get their pain meds” narrative, as a way to attempt to shift public opinion to pull DEA/FDA off a profitable product for the pharmacies. healthleadersmedia.com/finance/pharma…
Why does this matter so much? Two main reasons. Here’s the first: published Jan 2019:

”For the first time on record, your odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are greater than dying in a motor vehicle crash”
And here’s the second: the Russian mafia has used opioids to 1) profit off the suffering of American and 2)increase their market share for heroin sales.
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