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American Life-Expectancy Falls For Second Straight Year As Drug Overdoses Soar

The twin scourges of opioid addiction and worsening wealth inequality are literally draining the lifeblood from the American public. Case in point: The Centers for Disease Control confirmed earlier today that the average life expectancy at birth declined in 2016 for the second consecutive year – the first multiyear decline since 1963, when a flu […]


Kellyanne Conway Will Be White House Opioid Czar

President Trump is finally acquiescing to his opioid commission’s recommendation that he swiftly appoint an “opioid czar” to coordinate the federal government’s response to the rapidly worsening opioid epidemic. And his pick is: Former campaign manager and West Wing strategist Kellyanne Conway, according to Buzzfeed. The pick is significant: Thanks to her frequent television appearances […]


Opioid-Related Deaths Drained $500 Billion From The US Economy In 2015

The national opioid epidemic is even larger drain on the US economy than previously believed, according to a new analysis from the White House Council of Economic Advisers. The cost of opioid-related deaths in 2015 was $504 billion, according to the CEA – a figure equivalent to 2.8% of that year’s gross domestic product. CEA […]


An Early Winner Emerges In Trump’s War On Opioids

Via Disobedient Media As with many of Donald Trump’s other political initiatives, tackling an issue generally requires the promotion of a clear winner that will act as a means of achieving an objective while realizing significant benefits for the role being played. In the case of the opioid crisis, this approach means encouraging insurance companies to […]


Delaying Action To Fight The Opioid Crisis Means More Veterans Will Die

In observance of Veterans Day, Reuters published a story reminding the public how remarkably little has been done to address to rapidly worsening opioid crisis, which has now been blamed for a range of societal ills, including rising male unemployment, cash-strapped foster systems, overtaxed local first responder services – the list goes on. And one […]


OxyContin Nation: Meet The Billionaire Family Who Helped Spark America’s Opiod Crisis

Via StockBoardAsset.com, Unbeknownst to many, the Sackler Family, with assets of $13 billion, the nation’s 19th wealthiest family is one the top players in philanthropy. You can find the Sackler Gallery in the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C. or visit the Sackler wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Sackler’s even have […]


Watch Live: Trump To Label Opioid Epidemic A ‘Public Health Emergency’

In a long-awaited public address, President Donald Trump will reportedly direct his Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency under the Public Health Service Act during a speech set for 2 pm ET Thursday. The speech will be streamed on the White House live stream below […]


Ex-DEA Agent Blasts Congress And Drug Industry For Creating The Opioid Crisis

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, Whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi is telling all when it comes to placing blame for the nation’s opioid crisis. He says drug distributors pumped opioids into communities in the United States knowing that people were dying and that the US government is helping. Joe Rannazzisi is a tough and blunt former DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) […]


Visualizing America’s Disappearing Workforce

In his September 2017 paper entitled 'Where Have All the Workers Gone? An Inquiry into the Decline of the U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate', Alan B. Krueger of Princeton University explores the dramatic fall in labor force participation in the U.S. from 1997 to 2017. As Statista's Martin Armstrong shows in the infographic below, over the last twenty […]


“No-Call, No-Show” Employees: Opioid Addiction Is Devastating American Manufacturers

We’ve spent a lot of time of late discussing the impact of opioids on the American workforce.  While it is unclear exactly how much of an impact opioids are having on the steadily declining labor force participation rate, one thing is clear: nearly half of working age men not in the labor force today take […]


Small-Town American Budgets Devastated By Opioid Crisis As 41 States Subpoena Big Pharma

A surge in Opioid consumption, primarily prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl – a drug 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine – and the resulting spike in overdose related deaths is devastating families in rural America.  But the opioid epidemic is laying waste to more than just the broken families it counts among its […]


Inside The Opioid Crisis: What The Mainstream Media Won’t Let You See

Via StockBoardAsset.com, America’s opioid crisis is accelerating and could kill nearly ‘half a million people’ over the next decade. The epidemic is now killing 100 people every day, fueling a public-health crisis draining the resources of the economy. Overdoes and deaths have been on the rise for decades, but in most recent times American’s prime working […]


Here Are The California Counties Where Annual Opioid Scripts Outnumber People

The California Department of Public Health just dropped some staggering statistics about the level of opioid abuse in America’s progressive paradise of the left coast.  As the Sacramento Bee points out, there are a remarkable number of counties in California where annual prescriptions for pain killers actually exceed the population.   Trinity County is the […]


Princeton Economist: Nearly Half Of Working Age Men Not In The Labor Force Take Opioids Daily

Esteemed Princeton professor and former Obama White House economist Alan Krueger is back with yet another prediction about why Americans, particularly men between the ages of 25-54, suddenly no longer have any interest in working.  In his report, entitled “Where Have All The Workers Gone? An Inquiry Into The Decline Of The U.S. Labor Force […]


This Is What Makes The Opioid Epidemic Different From Other Health Crises

The opioid crisis is different from other public-health crises in one important way: Unlike the epidemic of cocaine use that ravaged low-income communities in the 1980s, the epidemic of opioid abuse is a symptom of forces that “have reshape the economy” in the past decade, as Governing.com explains. “That makes the current crisis different from […]