Addiction is complicated. Pushing pills, less so. The gap in conceptual difficulty between the two should be easy to understand. El Chapo excelled at tunnels, not neuroscience.
According to DEA released data, there were 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills sold over 6 years from 2006 to 2012. For those of you who think you think “holistically”, the trend is like this:
Did everyone develop osteoarthritis in 2006? Or might this have something to do with pushing pills?
Well, unsealed documents from a court case in Cleveland show that pharma personnel said things via email such as:
“If you are low, order more. If you are okay, order a little more, Capesce?”
“Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of there. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are. . .”
Seeing as pharma fought hard to have this evidence not revealed, and it looks prima facie damning, we should consider this further right?
Not according to the free market endorsing Cato Institute:
Facts exist on their own, unmotivated, and need to be incorporated into human minds and thoughts. On the other hand, authors can be highly motivated to discredit facts they find inconvenient. Be mindful of that as you seek out the truth. Especially remember, as put by Upton Sinclair:
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”