America, on the assurances of top medical authorities and institutions and using public healthcare funds, has invested billions and billions of dollars over decades in developing medical cures for the condition of addiction – established, we are assured, to be a medical condition, a chronic disease of the brain. That level of investment of public resources and medical science, of course, would have to guarantee gains against any disease.
In definitive major media reports and features, like this award-winning HBO special on “Addiction” from 12 years ago, America’s top scientific and medical authorities provide assurances that the “right medicines”, based on our medical understanding of the disease of addiction, serve as effective treatments for the disease.
Twelve years ago.
Watch the introductory video segment with America’s top addictions authorities (beginning around the 2:36 mark) assuring America of their “understanding” of “a medical condition with “real medical solutions”.
And imagine the progress that must have been made against substance use problems and their public health costs since then!
But somehow, those medical treatments and their promise of progress haven’t worked out.
Instead have resulted in steadily worsening – with increasing mortality and illness – epidemics of not only opioid misuse, but of alcohol, methamphetamine, and other substances.
But there is little reason to be concerned we are assured – because as announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) last month – about $2 billion in public healthcare funds ($900 million administered by the Centers for Disease Control, CDC and $900 million administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA) is about to be used to create different, new “innovative” medical cures for the lethal opioid epidemic created by America’s medical institutions and practitioners. (Not created – despite the best efforts of America’s Medical-Media collusion to portray otherwise, by Big Pharma, actually – because not a single opioid pill was provided to an American by a pharmaceutical company or employee. Instead every single opioid pill was provided by a licensed medical professional whose professional responsibility was to access and inform their practice by what was apparent for decades prior to creation of the crisis – every relevant line of longstanding evidence that prescription of those opioids was grossly substandard practice and predicted harm and the opioid crisis.)
The cures, those “real medical solutions” that diverted $billions in public healthcare resources over past decades were great, are really effective, and well worth the investment of public healthcare funds, we’ve been assured, but the new cures will be even better, the $ 2 billion cost well worth it, because America’s top medical and public health authorities are assuring us:
The scientific solutions that America’s medical authorities and institutions have been providing to cure vulnerable Americans of the medical brain disease of addiction – will be accelerated (will provide positive outcomes even more rapidly) with the new use of additional public funds.
That’s a bargain for $2 billion.
And we know, are assured by America’s top medical authorities and institutions, that these new, accelerated medical advances will be –
No wonder everyone in the pictures look so hopeful and happy!
Scientific solutions, we are led to believe, even more lasting and scientific than the evidence-based gold standard medical cure that’s been provided America’s diseased brains over past decades for the opioid problem.
(from The Guardian – November 29, 2018)
And what better time to divert more $billions of public healthcare resources in medical fixes, because the more that medical, scientific solutions are applied to diseased brains, the more deaths mount.
What could go wrong, could get much worse, more lethal?
Beyond those medical “treatments” fueling worsening crises and mounting death counts?
Beyond the inevitable, lethal and tragic public health outcomes that were predictable from application of medical thinking and intervention to non-medical problems like substance use, depression, and common chronic pain?
As medical science and practice crush on, protected by the same collusion with mass media, institutional criminality, and social pathology that created the opioid crisis – all bets are off.
The images used to construct the protective lies that perpetuate control of social resources and capital for the served interests and institutions tell the story, brand and sell the toxic snake oil.
Here’s a biomedical researcher, one suspects, looking at the brain tissue of a diseased, addicted brain, her work very close to identifying the medical cure that is just around the corner. No, really.
Here we have more medical researchers, likely just a few $hundred million away from a new medical gold standard cure for the entirely non-medical problem of common chronic pain. Previous medical gold standard cures for chronic pain have included –
Here’s another medical researcher who looks happy. Why wouldn’t he? He’s on the verge of developing a new vaccine that will likely solve the opioid problem, will be the new gold standard medical treatment.
“Our hope is that the vaccine, consisting of one shot and two boosters, will help recipients develop antibodies against opioids. It will alleviate the symptom of the high generated by the brain.”
Zhang and his team have been awarded a two-year $3,091,192 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse. If the proposed milestones of the first two years are met, the grant will be expanded to a five-year award totaling $8,783,147.
Compulsive substance users who become immunized by vaccination from gaining reward from opioids, would never be likely to shift to another substance – benzos, alcohol, medically prescribed and increasingly abused gabapentin . . . – to manage the desperate need to numb, to escape from inner distress.
Compulsive users just don’t do that. Do they?
And problem opioid users would likely quickly line up to be provided such a vaccine, just as problem substance users, their lives at risk of ruin from their compulsive use, have lined up to use longstanding, widely available medical cures for opioid or alcohol use like naltrexone or Acamprosate.
Oh . . . wait. Right.
$8,783,147, publicly funded.
There will be medical cures and they’re just around the corner, we can be assured of that.
That goes without saying.
It’s just that . . . .
Longstanding research paints a clear picture: the compulsive behavior of problem use of mood-altering substances as well as most chronic pain (centralized, non-cancer chronic pain) are psychogenic (driven by distressing and unbalanced inner states including thinking and feeling) and psychosocial (driven by outside stressors and effects of past disturbing events) in nature, not biomedical (physical), the indicated treatments are longstanding evidence-based effective psychotherapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy to address the emotional, environmental and cognitive deficits and disturbances driving them, with no effective medical treatments supported by evidence.
There are no medications and never will be.
Because compulsive substance use is not remotely a medical condition – on any critical examination, the “evidence” for the fictional brain disease model dissolves, is invalidated by all longstanding lines of relevant evidence and reasoning.
The outcomes of the fabricated medical model and medical approach – just as for the runaway prescription of addictive opioid medications for common chronic pain, an entirely non-medical condition with no biomedical treatments – were predictable from the start.
The evidence lies all around, and buried, on a national crime scene.