The state’s lawyers had called Johnson & Johnson an opioid “kingpin” and argued that its marketing efforts created a public nuisance as doctors over-prescribed the drugs, leading to a surge in overdose deaths in Oklahoma. … The opioid crisis is an imminent danger and menace to Oklahomans,” he said in his ruling. Around 1843 China had an Opium crisis, picking up Bodies off the Streets was a full-time job. In the Seventies People were dropping dead from bad Heorine in my Neighborhood of the Bronx. It was not a pretty sight seeing some of my classmates coming to School looking like Zombies. I was seventeen working part-time after school in a Restaurant. One day one of my coworker stumbled out of the Bathroom spitting up what appears to be Organs and died in my arms, only seventeen himself.
During that time I was a Connoisseur of the finest Marijuana grown around the World. My connection was the Juvenile Brother of an Airline Employee, he also had access to Cocaine. They say Marijuana is a Gateway Drug, lucky me I never progressed to Chemicals. God has always looked out for me. For some reason we never did any Coke or all the other stuff readily available. Also one of my codes in life were to learn from other people’s mistakes, Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix deaths thought me well. One day my friend and I went to a party, what I observed at that party steered me away from hard Drugs. In this Bedroom was four College kids, it appears that someone had dropped the Nose Candy on the floor. The floor was carpeted, all four Boys were on their knees snorting the Coke from the thick Carpet.
If I had any inclination of trying Coke that event cured me. That is why I can’t understand what is wrong with People following the footsteps of others right into the Grave. It’s as if no One learns from History, a Drug Crisis occurs does its damage, goes docile then resurge. Nineteen seventy five while working for a major Corporation one day a Coworker approached me with two Tabs of LSD, he said that one was for me, I declined his offer. The following day he told me that he took three-quarters of one, ten days later he was having Flashbacks. A short while later here I am reading in the Newspaper that someone was shot and killed in his Apartment. The Police Report didn’t disclose the circumstances but in my Mind’s Eye I see a bunch of Stoners playing with a Gun.
My friend lived in an Affluent Apartment Building in Riverdale where he had invited me many times. As I have said before the Angels have always had my Back. Growing up in the seventies was an absolute challenge for someone like me I loved Rock Concerts and Weed. The only problem with taking a Hit from someone’s Joint was that you never know what that person put in their Weed. Once I was given a Joint, went home and smoked half of it, all by my lonesome I was cooking Chicken. Stoned as a Jaybird without rationality, the fire was too high, just like me. The Grease was popping flames, I was too stoned to see the impending danger. The Kitchen Curtains caught fire and started to spread.
This was Cheech and Chong all over again, instead of trying to put the fire out I found the situation absolutely Hilarious. If a friend had not ring the Doorbell I probably would have burned the Building to the Ground. The next day I asked my Coworker about the extremely potent Joint, he told me that it was laced with Angel dust, a powerful Hallucinogenic it is One of the scariest Drug out there, it can cause Death from one use without overdosing. If someone offers this Drug they aren’t looking out for your best interest. Looking back my problem was that I was too congenial, I knew too many people. In one of my earlier Blogs I wrote about Blue Bottom. Blue Bottom is one of the most beautiful of my secret places in the world, nestled in the Poccono Mountains.
It’s a man-made Dam at the bottom of a one mile Gorge with treacherous Terrain to access. Story told that in the seventies a bunch of Flower Children (Hippies) made this their Home, camping out for a long period of time. One day someone passed out a lot of LSD. One of the Campers didn’t handle it well, he pulled a Gun and shot up the Camp killing several of his fellow Campers. In the Blog I warned of Drug interdiction. We all handle Chemicals differently. Not knowing a particular Drug’s interdiction could kill you. Years later I was given my Mother’s Power of Attorney. My Mother didn’t give it to my older Brother. She gave me her Power of Attorney because she knew that I was Street Smart. Shortly after assuming my responsibility I decided to research her 💊 Medications.
As the saying goes reading is fundamentall, I obtained a Book on Pharmaceuticals and Drug interdictions. I took a couple of her Pills from the Cabinet and started reading about their interdictions, just about all of them warned of possible death wrongly taken. Other than death the damages were astounding. One of her Pills made the Headlines for killing a large number of People or permanent Damage. I was now on a mission, I called her Pharmacy and requested a printout of all her Drugs prescribed in one year. What the Prescription History told me made a Skeptic of me for the Medical Community and the Pharmaceutical Companies for the rest of my Life.
In one year her Insurance was Billed over one hundred and sixty thousand Dollars for Prescription Drugs. Her Doctor was a Drug Dealer for the Pharmaceutical Companies. He was in their Pockets prescribing Drugs that she didn’t need some were deadly. I immediately switched Doctors and warned the new Doctor that I was willing to exhaust my Power of Attorney. I instructed him to take her off ninety percent of the Drugs she was talking. Her Health got better, she lived twenty years longer than anyone would have thought. The Oklahoma Attorney General is on the right track. Pharmaceutical Companies have been given a free Reign for far too long. It is time to hold them accountable for friviously flooding the Streets with their products.
On the other hand people need to check themselves by learning from other people’s mistakes. Millions of Ginipigs have gone ahead of you, following their destructive path makes you a Fool. Four years ago I had minor Surgery which lasted less than half an hour. Once again I realized that Doctors and Pharmaceutical Companies are the biggest Drug Dealers, I left my Surgeon’s office with a Prescription for thirty Oxi, for a twenty minutes cosmetic surgery, if I had taken ten of them I would have a Monkey on my Back. They need to be held accountable, the Kingpins don’t all come from Columbia and their names aren’t Pablo.
P.S. The trouble with you is, you’ve got two eyes but you refuse to see. The trouble with me is that I’ve been there, done that and seen that.