Are Prescription And Street Drugs Just Two Sides Of The Same Coin?

In recent years, many Americans have begun losing faith in doctors and the medical establishment in general. Part of this has to do with the manner in which doctors treat disease, and their failure to develop cures. Instead, some have accused doctors and the medical establishment of running “pill mills” which push out prescription drugs which are designed to treat every conceivable problem, without actually curing anything.

Despite decades of research and billions of dollars in funding, critics point out that doctors still haven’t cured any of the major diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s or AIDs. These critics also allege that the medical establishment plays a direct role in the high addiction rate in the U.S.

Is There Really A Big Difference Between Street And Prescription Drugs?

In the United States, overdose from drugs is the top cause of accidental death. Reports show that in 2015 alone, more than 50,000 people lost their lives due to fatal overdoses, and what concerns many is that the majority of these deaths resulted from opioids, many of which are legal. Statistics also indicate that out of the twenty million Americans in 2015 that were dependent on drugs, about two million of them were dependent on prescription drugs used to alleviate pain.

It is a confirmed, documented fact that more people are now dying from prescription drugs such as Oxycodone than illegal substances such as cocaine and heroin, and yet, there hasn’t been a word from the FDA, DEA, or medical establishment about the safety of these substances or the need to ban them. When you consider the fact that marijuana, a natural drug derived from a plant continues to be prohibited in many jurisdictions, despite its death toll being miniscule compared to prescription drugs, there is something definitely wrong with the current system.

How Much It Costs To Get FDA Approval For Prescription Drugs

Critics have said for years that one of the reasons the federal government turns a blind eye to prescription drugs, while banning marijuana and other street drugs, is due to the staggering profits the FDA makes from approving prescription substances. Research analyzing a group of pharmaceutical companies and the trials they conducted between the 1990s and 2000s found that the total cost involved with bringing a single prescription medication to the market was over $2 billion. Out of this amount, it is estimated that the FDA alone gets a few hundred million, not to mention the money in taxes that the federal government will earn from the revenue generated by the pharmaceutical company.

This means two things. First, the government has little incentive to place prescription drugs in the same category as heroin since this would lead to the loss of billions of dollars in revenue. Second, many pharmaceutical companies and executives have extreme lobbying power in Washington D.C. which means they can influence congressmen and senators to pass laws which favor them while backing political candidates that support their views and industry. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Americans continue dying from substances that they shouldn’t have access to in the first place, which in reality are little different from illegal street drugs.

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