Pharmaceutical frenzy

In the wake of a controversial $400 billion prescription drug plan for Medicare, the already deep pockets of big-time pharmaceutical companies are seeking to become even deeper.

An article in The New York Times recently reported that the legal drug manufacturing industry is seeking to raise prices in foreign countries that can afford it. The same article quoted Ian Spatz, vice president for public policy at Merck, saying, “This is all going on in this larger context of growing unrest in the United States that other countries are not paying their share of the cost of pharmaceutical research.”

Merck is also the same company that patented the highly toxic and damaging club drug MDMA (ecstasy) back in the early 1990s. This same drug was reported as having a 70 percent increase in worldwide use more than 10 years after it became illegal.

Just what exactly is the hundreds of millions of dollars in research providing? More harmful substances like MDMA? Clinical trials are continually skewed to make drugs appear safer than they are, only to have warnings or bans issued later because of reported dangerous side effects. Just look at the number of our nation’s children on psychotropic and stimulant drugs and the rise in school violence. It’s not merely a coincidence.

Perhaps the biggest lie that Americans have bought into is the possibility that there is a pill for every ill. Of course, aggressive direct-to-consumer marketing strategies by drug companies have hurt their increase of billion dollar profits. The true cost isn’t the dollars coming out of the pockets of consumers, it’s the lives ruined by ingesting yet another drug as a temporary solution to a problem, whether it’s legal or illegal.

Thankfully, there are organizations that seek to solve problems by getting to the root of them instead of applying a hazardous patch. In the field of drug rehabilitation, Narconon Arrowhead stands above more traditional approaches with a completely drug-free methodology developed by L. Ron Hubbard.

The practice of prescribing drugs to people for ailments has railroaded its way into the drug treatment field, yet Narconon’s secular program achieves a success rate much higher than the national average for producing stable, productive drug-free members of society.

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