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The large survey affirms predicted lethal outcomes of increased, less restrictive provision of diverted and misused opioids dispensed as Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and fueling the lethal epidemic: buprenorphine (Suboxone) and methadone

With the sheen of trust awarded from the beginnings of the opioid crisis in their certainty and confidence for response to a public health threat, America’s medical and addiction experts, public health institutions, and major media acted quickly in early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic to push forward, manufacture consensus, and celebrate the wisdom of the logical response: radical relaxation of safeguards on distribution of American Medicine’s life-saving opioid medications with proven benefit: buprenorphine and methadone.

Below – large survey results strongly congruent with the established role of medically-prescribed substitute opioids failing as “treatment” in the opioid crisis, instead fueling economies of illicit opioid use and mounting deaths

Results of the large representative study employing objective evidence including presence of prescribed and non-prescribed (illicit) drugs in nearly 900,000 clinical specimens provide high confidence that specimens from individuals in a substance use treatment program and individuals active in a MAT program are tied to pandemic period surges in illicit fentanyl use with other opioid use and associated overdose deaths. 

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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.

Pierre Bourdieu - Outline of a Theory of Practice 1972

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