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Digging Up the 21 Million Opioid Distribution Case of West Virginia

Opioid dependence has a tremendous negative impact on parents and children. It can destroy lives and break up families. When used correctly, drugs such as morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl provide the much needed pain relief to patients, especially after surgery or during treatment for cancer. The bad luck here is that opioids also have those qualities that can make people addictive and force them to overuse.

Opioids are more prevalent and readily available today because of the intense marketing campaigns by pharmaceutical companies. According to 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, almost 2 million Americans were dependent on or abused prescription opioids. The effects of opioids are seen in all areas of Europe, especially in the health sector. 

Emergency room visits are mounting as they spend billions of dollars on medical care for those addicted to opioids. In addition, this crisis contributes to depression, anxiety, missed days of work or school, unemployment, dropout rates and lost productivity among those addicted to opioids.

Due to the huge number of pill dumping in West Virginia, investigation found a way to look upon this matter exactly one year ago. The main aim was to see the distribution practices of opioids in West Virginia along with the enforcement practices by DEA.

The investigation was done after they found out that nearly 21 million pills were being shipped over a 10-year period. How can a town with roughly 3000 people consume 21million pills in 10 years? Questions were raised.

Last year, the Bipartisan committee sent letters to various drug distributors like Cardinal-Health, DEA, and McKesson Corporation. A new distributor named Miami- Luken on September 2017 was found followed by the above mentioned top players. Finally, after one year, when the hearing was held on May 8, 2018, only one company among those 5 players accepted that they are responsible for the opioid crisis in West Virginia.

Happy 153th Birthday to West Virginia

West Virginia Day is observed in the American state of West Virginia celebrated June 20 each year. The celebration is all about the creation or formation of West Virginia as a result of the secession during American Civil War.

The West Virginia motto is “Mountaineers Are Always Free.”

The state was formed during the civil war; the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond chose to join the Confederate States of America. Unionists gradually after two years of legal maneuvering and WV formerly admitted to the United States of America on June 20, 1863.

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In 1927, on recognition of West Virginia Day, the WV Legislature declared a holiday.  Simultaneously, the day has traditionally been celebrated with festivities at the state capital and other locations across the country.

Governor Tomblin tweeted in his Twitter to celebrate WV DAY 2016 on Monday, and he explicitly said to show pride wherever you are in our great state. The nicknames of West Virginia are “The Mountain State” and Switzerland of America”.

“I think family is important in West Virginia and has long been so because the mountains made travel difficult in the past and family members had to depend on each other.” David Selby

“I’m a native West Virginian, and I’ve been called everything from a hillbilly to a stump jumper. I’m always proud of it; I’m very proud to be a West Virginian.” John Raese

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“Since the turn of the 20th century, members of the Jewish community in Upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia have been meeting to celebrate and worship.” William L. Jenkins

“I grew up in a small town in West Virginia called Kenova. It’s the city where the plane crashed from Marshall University. I watched the mountain burn, and my cousins were the volunteer firemen. I was six years old at the time.” Brad D. Smith

Five states - Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois and North Carolina - have been identified by the EPA as contributing significantly to Rhode Island pollution. As of 2010, 284 tall smokestacks - stacks over 500 feet - were operating in the United States: needles injecting poison into the atmosphere.-Sheldon Whitehouse

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I want to talk about jobs, and health care and pension security and what we’re going to do to stop the brain drain in Ohio and make it possible for our young people to stay here and build a life in Ohio rather than in Pennsylvania or West Virginia or God knows where.-Ted Strickland

I mean, I didn’t ever watch ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and think, ‘Those people are actors.’ I lived in West Virginia. Hollywood just felt like this total another universe. —Jennifer Garner

Women Costs Her Life For Undergoing Plastic Surgery In South Florida.

The 29 Year old Women Heather Meadows, who is a mother of two children from West Virginia, died. Police confirmed in their investigation that, women’s death is after the surgery performed at the Hialeah clinic in the South Florida.

Meadows travelled from West Virginia to Hialeah for the surgery. The Surgery happened at Encore Plastic Surgery located at W. 49th Street in Hialeah. Staff refused to have a word on this incident and to speak on the camera. The clinic is completely licensed and the staff said patients come all over to be treated.

The women undergoing a plastic surgery operation at the Encore Plastic surgery and she went into the cardiac arrest and the woman was rushed to the Larkin Community Hospital at Palm Springs Campus where she later died.

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Surgery’s Doctors have been linked to the death of the women in 2013, who was receiving buttocks augmentation surgery. Affiliated Dr. Osakatukei Omulepu had his license revoked after series of botched surgeries.

Meadows have a six year old boy and the newborn baby girl said from the reports. The investigation process is going and the medical examiner is assigned for studying the case.

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The users on the Facebook are posting the testimonials on the Encore Plastic Surgery Facebook Page, regarding the incident happened at this hospital.

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