Landmark studies: hydromorphone and morphine are the new buprenorphine and methadone, just as lethal

by Clark Miller

Published February 9, 2024

There is nothing new about “safer supply” or “risk mitigation” medical prescriber practices implemented in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada in desperate attempts to reduce lethal opioid overdoses, apart from the opioids supplied – hydromorphone and morphine – being more potent and less controlled than their predecessors, buprenorphine and methadone. 

Nor anything new, as we will see here, in the ways that the medical/media collusion uses deception and cultivated incompetence to distort and hide the ineffectiveness and lethality of the approach. 

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Why A Critical Discourse?

Because an uncontrolled epidemic of desperate and deadly use of pain-numbing opioid drugs is just the most visible of America’s lethal crises of drug misuse, suicide, depression, of obesity and sickness, of social illness. Because the matrix of health experts and institutions constructed and identified by mass media as trusted authorities – publicly funded and entrusted to protect public health – instead collude to fabricate false assurances like those that created an opioid crisis, while promising medical cures that never come and can never come, while epidemics worsen. Because the “journalists” responsible for protecting public well-being have failed to fight for truth, traded that duty away for their careers, their abdication and cowardice rewarded daily in corporate news offices, attempts to expose that failure and their fabrications punished.

Open, critical examination, exposure, and deconstruction of their lethal matrix of fabrications is a matter of survival, is cure for mass illness and crisis, demands of us a critical discourse.

Crisis is a necessary condition for a questioning of doxa, but is not in itself a sufficient condition for the production of a critical discourse.

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