The opioid epidemic has dominated the 24-hour news cycle for the past four years. Drug overdose deaths have surpassed car accidents pursuant to accidental deaths. Drug overdose deaths were exacerbated by a spike in opioid-relate drug overdoses. Fentanyl has been so prevalent in overdose deaths that the CDC started tracking fentanyl-related drug overdoses separately. The prevailing theory was (1) the spike in opioid prescriptions coincided with runaway overdose deaths so (2) cutting prescriptions would sharply reduce drug overdose deaths.
That said, Andrew Kolodny has made a big name for himself, fueling the flames against prescription opioids. However, drug overdose deaths for the trailing 12 months through April 2021 exceeded 100,000, up nearly 30% Y/Y. About two-thirds of the drug overdose deaths was related to synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl. However, the media continues to promote the narrative that overall opioids or prescription opioids were the culprits.
Earlier this month Dopesick’s Danny Strong and CNN’s Jake Tapper continued the convenient narrative of connecting (1) prescription opioids with (2) the opioid epidemic. Trump And The GE hosted Claudia Merandi and Bev Schechtman of the Doctor Patient Forum to dispel certain myths and outright misstatements made by Danny Strong and Jake Tapper. Trump And The GE Dissects Dopesick, Jake Tapper’s Opioid Lie was pure heat. There were several people in the audience – including Tapper and Danny Strong. Trump And The GE, nor the Internet, was quite prepared for what we heard. Claudia and Bev spit so much heat they melted the video – literally.
I spent nearly a week with my online platform to retrieve the video, but it was melted beyond repair – look what you did Claudia! Luckily, we were able to recover the audio below.
Audio For Trump And The GE Dissects Dopesick, Jake Tapper’s Opioid Lie
Disclaimer: Please wear a flame retardant suit before listening to this interview.