Government Says Big Pharma Kills More People Than All Illegal Drugs Combined

March 31, 2015   |   John Vibes

John Vibes 
March 31, 2014

(ANTIMEDIAA new study has shown that pharmaceutical drugs cause more overdoses and more deaths than all of the illegal drugs on the market combined. According to the government’s own statistics, listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, deaths relating to pharmaceutical drugs rose to roughly 23,000 last year, which accounts for over half of the total overdose deaths in the country for that time period.

Additionally, a recent study conducted by researchers with the University of Virginia, University of Arkansas, the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, and the American Institutes for Research reconfirmed the known dangers of pharmaceutical drug abuse.

The study concluded that, “Teens need help before they reach these tipping points for prescription drug abuse. Adults spotting teens with very high levels of anxiety and at least moderate use of other restricted substances should realize that these are students with a high likelihood of prescription abuse. Male teens with a high need to be popular and teens in general appear to be at exceptional risk. Campaigns must target parents as well, since they clearly underestimate both the physical risks of prescription drugs and the likelihood that their children will abuse these drugs.”

Sadly, the authors of the study described any average teenager, however, it does give us some insight into the root causes of teenage drug abuse.

As the study noted, teens are being pushed towards drug use by the high-stress environment that is created by modern culture and government schools. Many times, these students are even prescribed a wide variety of these medications to help them cope with the stresses of teenage life, which means that doctors are essentially putting their stamp of approval on daily teenage use of amphetamines like Adderall or tranquilizers like Xanax.

A study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) highlighted this phenomenon, pointing out that “Prescription drugs are seen as blessed by a trusted institution, the FDA, while increasingly aggressive advertising by drug companies simultaneously floods parents and children with messages that these substances are safe, popular, and beneficial.”


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John Vibes joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in October of 2014. His topics of interest include agorism, anarchism, consciousness, the Drug War, and spirituality. Born in Philadelphia, he currently resides in Maryland.

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  1. In 2005 twelve year old Christopher Pittman murdered both of his grandparents in their sleep. His attorney presented the famous "Zoloft Defense" indicating that the young Pittman was prescribed this drug and had never had any violent tendencies prior to treatment. As this defense gained momentum with testimony provided by several mental health professionals who experienced similar reactions with their individual patients, Pfizer Laboratories sent a crew of "legal consultants" to assist the prosecution. The prosecutor was advised to re-enact the crime in the courtroom using the actual murder weapon and two mannequins. This theatrical display prompted a visceral response from the jury and Pittman was sentenced to thirty-five years in an adult prison. Immediately following this trial the pharmaceutical lobby drafted a protocol to be issued to every law enforcement agency and media outlet prohibiting any insinuation or suggestion of any connection between their products and violent behaviors. This order forbade use of specific terms such as Prozac, Xanax, Zyprexa etc. and threatened litigation for any violation. Ever since that day, every mass murderer in the United States has been reported to have been medicated while no mention is made of the specific drugs. This is entirely by design.

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  2. How many lives were saved by pharmaceuticals?

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  3. talk to your kids QUIT LETTING THE TV WATCH THEM THAT WILL SOLVE HALF THE OTHER IS WHIP YOUR KIDS DONT BEAT THEM BUT THEY EILL BR MORE PRODUCTIVE, RESPONSIVE, AND LSS LIKELY TO LOOK OTHER PLACES TO FEEL BETTER

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  4. My life certainly has been saved/greatly extended.

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  5. Is that the goal of our existence? To see how many humans we can get into the world for as long as possible?

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  6. George Clement One thing is certain of death: it is no existence at all. Life is what you make of it.

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  7. Depending on your religion (or lack there of, if you're smart) that's debatable. The option of dying is heavily looked down upon for the sole reason that the more working class there are, the wealthier the upper class becomes…

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  8. i think the point here is the exploration of illegal substances. in modern society we frown upon the use of these drug but in reality, what we really have is an aversion to any drug that alters consciousness . Now im not advocating to go do drugs, but for those of us into ethnobotany, we should legally be allowed to purchase and be a registered patient to experiment with these drugs. Believe it or not these substances have no real scientific bases except cannabis however it is being obscured because a large portion of Americans seem hate progressive change.

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  9. I call it BS there is no way that theses studies are true there are more people die on just heroine alone not to mention the other drugs like crystal. Meth, or I'll even go legal here more people die from smoking cigarettes, and drinking alcohol I'm just saying

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  10. Not what the artical is saying. Its saying more people die from legal fda approved drugs then other drugs

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  11. I disagree people who have it rough have think they have nothing to lose or just want to be cool they do drugs ex. Movie blood in blood out that little kid died he saw his older brother do it..it happens all the time in real life to

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  12. Brian Desimone How many of these people do you know in person? I am not talking about movies. People addicted to opiates only smoke heroine and other things when they don't have the money to buy pills. The only OD i have ever seen have been pill related. To be quite frank people of this nature have a harder time doing the math of how many pills should i take vs how much to smoke.

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  13. Hmmmm. Massive Pharmaceutical companies own fast food chaines, junkfood, along with pesticide production. The goverment does what they say… Use your little brain…

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  14. it's just fear mongering thats why they use a pick of a "gun" they know the uninformed will be scared and panic so this is just a story to cover up something there going to do and don't want us watching them lol remember when weed was going to kill us all or make us crazy or the idea of holding a gun will turn you into a killer and didn't i hear something about the ozone going away and the sun will kill us all . it's just things they make up to scare us and there has been none of it true but the sun screen sales went up lol

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  15. Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh almost every pharmaceutical can alter consciousness if enough done or also that's what the drugs are made to do

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  16. Yeah you're an idiot. You know how much easier it is to overdose on pills than hard drugs? first of all you get more pills for the same price and also it's easier to conceal pills and do them you have to do is put them in your mouth. *shoot up if your a fucking junkie* regardless of what kills who more, we shouldn't be giving out "medicines" a.k.a. drugs if we know they are easily abused and can kill you if you take more than 2. If you want meth and other man made drugs like crack and others like heroin made from poppy seeds and other natural resources to be illegal then you should be against man made "medicines"which are also drugs with just as much of a possibility of lethality rates

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  17. Take a trip to a few villages in Africa where they test everything on locals, usually pregnant for pennies…

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  18. it kills a lot of people too. Only drug that has never killed anyone from using it, is cannabis, but yet it remains schedule I and is considered to be as dangerous as heroin, meth, cocaine, and have no medicinal value, but yet we have heroin derived products that are used for "medicinal value" like vicodin. Shit kills tons of people but hey a doctor prescribed it, it must be good.

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  19. Blame it on obama lol

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  20. Brian Desimone the CDC is lying? Hmmm. No chance you have been brainwashed?

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  21. how many lives were saved with pharmaceuticals? or how many lives were lost due to the WAR on drugs compared to the drugs themselves? I can be sure the most harmful part of drugs is the actual War part. the police & justice system have ruined countless lives due to their stupid wars

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  22. Prescription drugs are abuse more and more dealths accure from them. Its not a matter of opinion.

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  23. Don't people know by now the TRUTH? That they keep us sick because they like us that way…it's a zillion dollar farce….Mentally ill people are serving the economy and keeping the rich rich and the poor, sick and vulnerable addicted to synthetic drugs. And they deny Marajuana in spite of it being able to save lives and help over 100 diseases…not to mention be a cheap source of industry, fuel and many other things cheaply! Persistent propaganda makes sure the truth is kept hidden and this disgusting, greedy behaviour not only continues but thrives!

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  24. Jason Dufford lol just saying don't worried about this if they do ban something they will just change the name and call it new and safe

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  25. Eric Van Laarhoven shallow reasoning and no research….several people have died in the last few months in Colorado alone due to "safe" cannabis

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  26. Yeah but not for long. They can hold the Truth down but never kill it and it always comes out to the forefront in the end. Just a matter of time…

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  27. I go to a methadone clinic because I was on herion and the methadone is wayyy more addicting .but you don't just start with herion its started by taking painpills even taking them as perscibed can lead to addiction because your body gets addicted not your mind.

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  28. No deaths have ever been reported to have been caused by marijuana overdose, not even the two to which those article refer, very deceptive wording.

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  29. yes time contributes especially as people are more awake than ever and the authorities web of lies will come unspun….they'll destroy themselves, maybe the planet too, but there is always the thought of a new enlightened and peaceful utopia free of the bullshit that dominates this earth…

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  30. of course they do. it is a carefully orchestrated web of twisted lies that serves one agenda and that is to increase (after inventing it…) mental illness. If you're different you must be insane they cry which renders your two cents worth what they'd plead as jibberish..credibity is scrapped, along with all the true stories and addicted suffering.yet the mentally ill are now becoming very aware of what their supposed caregiver has done to control and therfore tame them whilst turning addiction into a REAL problem

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  31. oh yes they used to lock us away in asylums, now they medicate us with a drug for every possible faculty. Sleep, wake up, and so on. Magnesium deficiency for example or iodine deficiency are a couple of what causes around 30 serious ailments and is promptly treated with prozac??? which subsequently actually causes a depression which was absent in the first place — doctors are not in it to make you well….

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  32. yes it happens…unfortunately it is usually a matter of choice.that is sick. psychopaths they call them, devoid of conciense but NEVER KARMA….yes i am off the track aswell i just get worked up

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  33. John Richard Allan is that due to synthetic drugs? of course they have to be successful in their treatments but how did you get sick in the first place?

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  34. Daniel Young nor mine. They turned me into a controllable addict…no help to come of meds in 17 years…benzos, codeine etc yes all the very nasty addictive ones that turn me into a zombie…had to shut me up somehow i guess.

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  35. Jason Dufford really you think? give your penis to someone needing a transplant…if you live by your beliefs sex won't be necessary will it?

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  36. huge problem yet competely legal…i wonder and i am always wrong but if it isn't just the money it generates but if the church had a part in making it too holy to ban.

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  37. yes they breathe fear into us via media… and other forms of control
    more lies…

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  38. John Houpt cannabis has saved 1000's of lives ranging from treatment for anorexia, cancer and childhood leakemia. Juice the leaves, vapourize it….the health beneifits and substitution for major money making industry would devastate any economy thriving on our sickness, maleability and compliance.
    think about why this individual's cannabis was contaminate. it's not freely consumed so it's likely to be artificially tinkere with instead of growing in the bush in natural abundance.

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  39. A lot, but not from psychiatric drugs. Almost killed me.

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  40. Weed wasn't linked to anyone's death. Thanks a lot for wasting my time John Houpt. Next time you make assertions, make sure you have facts and not loose conjecture.

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  41. Cherie Thorpe just like the prison system/ profit police business needs human livestock to extort, Big Pharma needs to keep as many people- (human livestock) between sick and dead as possible to hold these incredible profits. Nr 1 killer in the US is Healthcare.

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  42. Most medicines are untested lethal cocktails. Children and adults are taking prescribed barbituates unknown. Doctors are no longer interested in diagnosis and the FDA pushes prescription writing. The CDC not overseeing big pharmacy another mistake besides regulating use of arsenic, horomone, and genetically altered foods.

    Talk about an overhaul across the board…

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  43. Haha. Idiots. Since when is Xanax a "tranquilizer?" wtf? Learn some pharmacology before you write an article about it. Secondary to that, I'm pretty sure 100 people died of heroin doses yesterday.

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  44. This is the plan of the devil and guess who is the devil the government they killing us with bad drug

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  45. Dats like saying how many lives were saved by WAR, pharmaceutical companies r just Drug dealers, sophisticated Mafia in better suits & more connections internationally

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  46. Remember back in the sixties people would burn their draft cards because they strongly with the system; I think it would be great if you all burned your health care cards this would be great, if you don't believe in heath care system please don't use it. Your movement of extreme negativeaty grinds down positive people , there is enough doom sayers in the world please go and let the positive people live in peace.

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  47. Its no secret that the Big Pharma do get away with such large scale murders, and its the same lobby that protects them that also targets Homeopathy as bogus with all sorts of false allegations and false innuendos. In fact there is an army of paid and misled volunteers out there who just pounce upon and try to discredit Homeopathy. The ulterior motive is to discredit it as much as possible in front of gullible people to protect their interests. Ayurveda & homeoapthy are credible and viable alternatives as treatment forms… they are the Green medicines (refer our blg article http://bit.ly/environ-med) …..but they are no match to the money & influence power of big pharma

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  48. Believe Jesus Christ is your savior for your sins. Jesus Christ is God Almighty in the Flesh. This is the Gospel, believe Jesus Christ shed his precious blood and died for you and all of your sins on the cross, he was buried and he rose again from the dead three days later from God's Power and you will be saved, you are a Born Again Christian and you will go to Heaven forever. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God to where we all deserve death, destruction and judgement in the Lake of Fire from the wrath of God to where we need a savior to save us for our sins forever. By receiving Jesus Christ's blood sacrifice as full payment for your sins you will be saved forever. It matters not how much you have sinned in the past, in the present and in the future for yourself to be saved. Once you are saved you are saved forever no matter what. Good works will not ever save you and no one and nothing else will. That is the Gospel and if you believe in the Gospel you are now a Born Again Christian and you are now saved and you will go to Heaven forever and that is the whole truth. Spread the truth. If we do good works for God as he commands, we will please God and he will give us rewards to have in Heaven forever! All glory goes to God forever! Praise God! Amen! (John Ch. 3:16, Romans Ch. 3:25, 4:1-6, 5:9, 1 Corinthians Ch. 15:1-4, Ephesians Ch. 2:8-9) The Authorized King James Version Bible. http://www.KingJamesBibleOnline.org

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  49. John Richard Allan: Please don't have such faith in Pharmaceuticals or you may be sorry later in life!!! Let natures food be the thy medicine.

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  50. Peter Dixon Thank you, Peter, for being conscientious enough to fact-check this entry. Please allow me to indulge myself in an exercise in verbosity. If you already know this information please forgive this unnecessary monologue. Also, I ask that you forgive my overuse of quotation marks but much of the following text is subject to interpretation. First and foremost, the freedom of the press is a myth. Like everything in the United States, this right is for sale to the highest bidder. Every day, all major news outlets are issued “canned news” provided by the major power bases in our government, in this case the White House as well as the Congress and the Senate. These briefings, not only dictate the top news items of the day, but also include the manner in which these reports will be presented. This is why, no matter where you are in the country, you will receive the exact same news. These daily releases are routinely edited, and sometimes written, by the same private interests which own this government lock stock and barrel. This is why, for example, Americans sustain a barrage of commercials for pharmaceutical products during every evening news cast. The pharmaceutical lobby is one of the most powerful entities influencing this government today, larger than the oil lobby. Failure to adhere to these “suggested” parameters would have catastrophic results for any news outlet that did not fully cooperate. First of all, the entire network would be cut out of the information loop and would no longer have access to representatives of these power bases. Second, no reporter representing the rebellious news organization would be granted interviews with any members of the corresponding leadership. Finally, if the offense were particularly embarrassing, the media group would be fed “misinformation” (lies) and after reporting these counterfeit facts, would lose credibility throughout the community. A perfect example of this “spin control” occurred in March of 1981. As President Ronald Reagan was leaving a speaking engagement, a lunatic by the name of John Hinkley emptied his gun into Reagan’s entourage striking the president twice. Any intelligent person would question how a deranged individual with a loaded gun could penetrate three levels of security and stand within twenty feet of the leader of the free world. The answer is simple. Hinkley had “connections”. John Hinkley’s father was a billionaire oil man and was a personal friend to George Herbert Walker Bush, who was then, the Vice President. Furthermore, the Vice President’s more enterprising son, Neil, had lunch with John Hinkley’s brother the day before the shooting. The White House sternly instructed the national media to suppress these facts and, instead, ordered them to emphasize Hinkley’s obsession with actress, Jodie Foster. Ultimately, Hinkley successfully entered an insanity plea and today, is virtually a free man. (These facts were only made public thirty years later.) I can offer dozens of similar examples of media manipulation but I employed this one to map out the process. At long last and in response to your question of fact checking, Americans are allowed by the Freedom of Information Act, to research any government issued documents unless the information contained within qualifies as a matter of “national security”. The guidelines for this exclusion are also established by lawyers and lobbyists representing the same private interests previously mentioned. I have tried to find the exact date of this mandate with no success thus far. I was originally told of this official order by a woman I dated who was a “news screener” at NBC in New York. Her job required her to answer the telephone and to research tips of newsworthy items from abundant sources. When the Pittman case concluded, the entire newsroom was called in to a meeting where the protocol was read. I was skeptical of the effectiveness of this directive but as I have stated, pharmaceutical influence has been systematically and conspicuously removed from these discussions.

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  51. You cant cure healthy people. Heroin and Meth are pharmaceutical drugs Brah!
    #FailedToUseGoogleAgain
    #ButCNNSaidSo
    #DidJesusTellYouThat?

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  52. Cherie Thorpe Pot isnt the problem. Its people following silly "Hype" trends with Zero experience and prior knowledge. I would never eat a 10 course pot infused meal id be up for 3 days. Dont forget to ask your doctor or better a pharmacist that knows your health history. Thanks for the articles seems there may be a first EVER in HISTORY documented death by taking too many marajuanas. Mind you almost all media twists the story.

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  53. riding a wave length you seemingly scattered skewed view wouldnt be anywhere near.
    my oopsydaysy

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  54. Cherie Thorpe I recomend you stay on whatever you were prescribed. Clearly e are not on the same "wavelenght" . I dont argue with double talk. Have fun agreeing and dissagreeing with someone who cares…

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