(that comment about the War on Drugs is, if it wasn’t clear to everyone, sarcasm)
It seems that Chicago has decided that the Big Solution to fighting drug abuse (oh, did you know that illegal, street heroin is cheaper than it was decades ago?) is to… is to sue the makers of legit and prescribed opiates for, well, some fabricated reason or another
from Bloomberg News (which, despite the name, hasn’t been under the control of former Mayor Mike in years):
Chicago, the third-biggest U.S. city, sued Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and four other drug companies for allegedly pushing consumer use of opioid painkillers, creating addicts and driving up its costs.
“Since 2007, the city has paid for nearly 400,000 claims for opioid prescription fills, costing nearly $9,500,000, and suffered additional damages for the costs of providing and using opiates long-term to treat chronic non-cancer pain,” lawyers for the municipality claimed in a state court complaint filed yesterday in Chicago.
The companies and related entities engaged in a long-term campaign to alter public perceptions of the narcotics, which are classified by the U.S. as controlled substances, resulting in their increased use, increased instances of addiction and users migrating to heroin because it is less expensive and sometimes easier to obtain, according to the complaint…
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-03/chicago-sues-drug-companies-for-pushing-prescription-opiates-1-.html- so, the Chicago Nanny State™ has decided that it knows better than patients and their doctors how to treat pain and finds something evil with using opiates when the pain isn’t from cancer.
– I wouldn’t quite wish serious chronic pain on the Chicago gov’t and its lawfirms, but I wouldn’t cry any tears if they were screaming in agony alongside Walter O’Malley in a circle of H**l.
– oh, and it says something that heroin is cheaper than prescription drugs. In fact, if the (obligatory dig here at the Federal gov’t) Obama Administration wanted to really, really, fudge the Consumer Price Index figures, it could add the street price of heroin to the market basket.
A “dime bag”, so named because it cost ten dollars in the 1980’s, is still a dime. And the quality is even higher, so it’s effectively even lower in cost per dose.