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Forum Post: Merchants of Meth: How Big Pharma Keeps the Cooks in Business

Posted 1 year ago on Sept. 27, 2013, 4:27 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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As law enforcement agencies scramble to clean up and dispose of toxic labs, prosecute cooks, and find foster homes for their children, they are waging two battles: one against destitute, strung-out addicts, the other against some of the world's wealthiest and most politically connected drug manufacturers. In the past several years, lawmakers in 25 states have sought to make pseudoephedrine—the one irreplaceable ingredient in a shake-and-bake lab—a prescription drug. In all but two—Oregon and Mississippi—they have failed as the industry, which sells an estimated $605 million worth of pseudoephedrine-based drugs a year, has deployed all-star lobbying teams and campaign-trail tactics such as robocalls and advertising blitzes.

Perhaps nowhere has the battle been harder fought than in Kentucky, where Big Pharma's trade group has broken lobbying spending records in 2010 and 2012, beating back cops, doctors, teachers, drug experts, and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. "It frustrates me to see how an industry and corporate dollars affect commonsense legislation," says Jackie Steele, a commonwealth's attorney whose district in southeastern Kentucky has been overwhelmed by meth labs in recent years.

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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (25072) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Zen Zen Zen - are you crediting them with having a heart(?) a heart that out trumps greed? No there are plenty of designer withdrawal centers to send the kiddies off to.

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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (25072) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

They gotta use the guest house - silly. Fully insured for more than it is worth - cover-story and bribes all ready to go.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Kind of like when Jeb Bush's daughter was found to be an addict?

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[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

She did that all by her lil' ol' self.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (25072) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Father worship didn't help? or was that the inspiration?

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Well, he cut funding for any treatment and then it came out and he changed his course. But, either way it is exactly as you pointed out earlier:

http://www.passagesmalibu.com/facility-tour/photo-tour/

http://theexclusivehawaii.com/?kmas=1&kmca=TEH+States&kmag=TEH+ST+-+Drug+Rehab+Treatment&kmkw=-drug+rehab+treatment-&kmmt=b&gclid=CNSv563K7LkCFSU6QgodA1sAwA

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (25072) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Well hell sign me up now....... OH . . . No . . . Hmmmmmm . . . . . on 2nd thought............ my pockets aren't deep enough. . . . sigh.......

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

I know, right?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (25072) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Heck probably cost as much as a 1st class vacation - and then some.

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

What's the success rate on that? We're going to charge you an arm and a leg to focus on you and your selfishness while we try to help you face your selfishness.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (25072) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

ZERO ??? I mean look at what's her face . . . um . . . you know the celeb with the revolving door to jail and treatment . . . Lindsey Lowwwwwenbrau?

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

What? You mean this is a billion dollar industry and we don't have a success rate? Gee, even those government funded thingies.............don't have a success rate? I am shocked! SHOCKED!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (25072) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Well depends on what one considers success I guess. Still alive for another go round - doesn't count?

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Not really. It just means that someone gets paid an awful lot of money for a lot of bullshit.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (25072) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Yep - 4 profit health - they love love love Charlie.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (25072) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago
[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (25072) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

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