BREAKING: Thirty-Five States Sue Pharmaceutical Company for Artificially Inflating Price of Opioid Overdose Drug
The thin strip version of Suboxone allowed the opioid to enter prisons more easily.

The attorneys general of 35 states and Washington, D.C., including California, New York, Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, have joined a lawsuit from Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel against the British pharmaceutical company Reckitt Benckiser. The complaint accuses the drugmaker of running “an unlawful, multi-pronged scheme” to artificially inflate the price of Suboxone, an opioid drug used to help those addicted to heavier opioids wean themselves off (with mixed results).

In 2002, according to the Guardian, Reckitt was granted an exclusive license by the FDA to manufacture Suboxone. When that expired in 2009, the lawsuit alleges, Reckitt and another drug company conspired to create a different version of the drug, with the main difference being that it dissolves under the tongue. The patent for that drug expires in 2022.

The thin strip version of Suboxone allowed the opioid to enter prisons more easily, the New York Timesreported in 2013, and oftentimes is abused just like the drugs it is meant to prevent people from abusing. Still, it has legitimate medical uses for addiction and pain relief, and the lawsuit alleges Reckitt’s actions have unfairly jacked up the prices for patients.

i’m Highkey writing this up before an opening time is even set bc ???? i get excite way too easily don’t mind me honestly. but hello my name is tess or tessie or tessa or trash or whatever u wanna call me, i’m eighteen years old, use she/her pronouns and reside in warsaw, poland what puts me in the gmt+1 timezone. i’m not v interesting so let’s jump right into my garbage daughter maggie !  tw: mentions of drugs, sex, alcohol and overdose.

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“Here’s a 67 year-old actress that lets the camera one millimeter from her face. She was wearing make up, no makeup, and sometimes makeup that made her worse. And, you know, just completely no vanity, complete surrender to the world, complete surrender to the material.”

-Darren Aronofsky on Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream.

Do you ever sit there and wonder why you’re still alive? After all the attempted overdoses on painkillers, the amount you smoke, all the alcohol you’ve consumed, the experiments with drugs..You do all this self destructive shit and you’re still alive and you don’t know why?

Fentanyl OD Alert for heroin users & friends of heroin users - especially on the east coast!

From NYT

Recently, 22 people died in and around Pittsburgh after overdosing from a batch of heroin mixed with fentanyl, a powerful opiate usually found in patches given to cancer patients. Heroin containing fentanyl, which gives a more intense but potentially more dangerous high, has begun to appear in New York City, said Kati Cornell, a spokeswoman for Bridget G. Brennan, the special narcotics prosecutor for the city. An undercover officer bought fentanyl-laced heroin on Jan. 14 from a dealer in the Bronx, she said. The dealer did not warn of the mixture, which is not apparent to the user; subsequent testing revealed it. (The patches themselves had turned up in drug seizures in the city before, she said.)

For any NYC people who are interested in getting trained in opiate overdose reversal, you can find programs that do this training for free here. 

(Also, I work for Streetwork Project, the organization mentioned above & you can find more info about our services offered to homeless youth in our LES/Harlem drop-ins here.

A friend of mine shared this on my newsfeed today and I thought it would a nice idea to repost it here for the Nod Squad.

We are all fully aware of our drug use and with that awareness comes the responsibility towards ourselves and each other to educate about harm reduction, because sometimes sobriety genuinely is not an option and I know that’s true for myself as well as many of you.

So yeah, I won’t harp on harm reduction too often, but I care about you guys.

- garagedad