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“A man’s got to know his limitations.”

2017/05/02

“Tell ‘em what you want them to hear. The Truth doesn’t matter. Just persuade them that things are good.” –The Propagandists Creed

And now, my beauties, something with poison in it, I think. With poison in it, but attractive to the eye, and soothing to the smell. Poppies… Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep. Sleep. Now they’ll sleep!“ —Wicked Witch of the West

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Evolving Pharmaceutical Warfare Agents

The earliest reference to opium growth and use is in 3400 B.C. when the opium poppy was cultivated in lower Mesopotamia. The Sumerians referred to the opium poppy as “Hul Gil” – the “Joy Plant,” and would pass the plant and its euphoric effects on to the Assyrians, who in turn passed it on to the Egyptians.

Around 460-357 B.C., Hippocrates, the “father of medicine,” acknowledged opium’s usefulness as a narcotic and styptic in treating internal diseases, diseases of women and epidemics. He prescribed drinking the juice of the white poppy mixed with the seed of nettle.

Alexander the Great introduced opium to India near 330 B.C., and the Arabs, Greeks and Romans used it as a sedative.

Approximately 220-264 A.D., the noted Chinese surgeon Hua To of the Three Kingdoms used opium preparations and Cannabis indica for his patients to swallow before undergoing major surgery.

References

Brownstein, MJ. A brief history of opiates, opioid peptides, and opioid receptors. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA June, 1993; 90(12): 5391-5393.

Kritikos, PG & Papadaki SP. The history of the poppy and of opium and their expansion in antiquity in the eastern Mediterranean area. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Bulletin on Narcotics. 1967; (3). (Previously: Opium Throughout History. 1998 PBS and WGBH/Frontline. Accessed May 02, 2017.)

Opium – Poppy Cultivation, Morphine, and Heroin Manufacture.  Erowid Rhodium’s Chemistry Archive. Published August 2004. Updated May 2005. Accessed May 02, 2017. Note: This reference is from a partial archive of Rhodium’s Chemistry Archive The Rhodium site has been down since Nov, 2004.

The Opium Wars of 1839 – 1860, were two wars in the mid-19th century involving Anglo-Chinese disputes over British trade in China and China’s sovereignty. The disputes included the First Opium War and the Second Opium War.

“Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.” –Adolf Hitler

That was then, this is now…


Why is Afghanistan so important now?  It is what it is…

America’s Opioid Death Crisis May Be a Lot Worse Than We Thought

America’s ongoing opioid crisis is no secret. With thousands dying from prescription painkiller overdoses each year — nearly as many as traffic deaths — even the U.S. government has been forced to take action. As awareness of the epidemic continues to grow, further hazards of the pharmaceutical class of drugs are being revealed — including potentially higher numbers of deaths caused by their use.

According to a recent report from CBS, opioids are often the factor in deaths caused by infections like pneumonia.  CDC field officer Victoria Hall explained that “Opioid medications — codeine, hydrocodone (including Vicoprofen), oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), morphine and others” can cause respiratory complications.

Opioids at therapeutic or higher than therapeutic levels can impact our immune system, actually make your immune system less effective at fighting off illness,” she said, adding that because opioids are sedatives, they can cause breathing to become slower and more shallow, which makes the person less likely to cough. Hall says this makes “it easier for something like a pneumonia to really set in.

Complicating matters, Hall found in a recent analysis that when individuals die of an infection worsened by opiate abuse, the cause of death listed on their death certificate often only cites the infection — not the drugs. She presented her findings at a CDC meeting this week.

Hall and a colleague reviewed Minnesota’s unexplained death database and found 59 cases where opioids were involved. Twenty-two of those cases were not reported to the state’s opioid surveillance because “the involvement of drugs hadn’t been listed on the death certificate,” CBS noted.“We found if you have [a] really profound infectious disease, like really bad pneumonia, that may be the only thing written on the death certificate,” she said. “And thus it’s not going to get picked up in opioid surveillance.”

Still, “[p]neumonia was listed as a cause of death in 54 percent of the unexplained drug-related cases, the researchers found.

In one example, a Minnesota man who had been abusing opiates eventually died from a bout of the flu brought on by pneumonia. “He was on long-term opioid therapy for some back pain, and his family was a little bit concerned he was abusing his medications,” Hall said, also noting that though the main cause of death the flu, he had a “very toxic level of opioids in his system.”

[O]n the death certificate it only listed the pneumonia, and it listed no mention of opioids, so this death wasn’t counted in the state opioid death surveillance system,” she said.

Pneumonia was listed as a cause of death in 54 percent of the unexplained drug-related cases, the researchers found. Hall said this could have profound implications for keeping track of opiate deaths, particularly in states hit hard by the opioid crisis.

Her concerns about complications from opioids were confirmed by Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency room doctor at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital. He said they “see a fair number of patients who use opiates. And in those patients we see, in general, a higher risk profile for developing pneumonia and other respiratory illness.”

As the extent of the nation’s opioid problems continues to come to light, Glatter issued a simple observation:

This is another in a sequence of reasons to not use opiates.

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Contributed by Carey Wedler of theantimedia.org.
02 May 2017

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The regime’s propaganda machine, in its perverse understanding of society, has deliberately considered what weaknesses in human nature can be ferreted out to serve as a basis for the systematic influencing of people’s minds and the propagation of its doctrine of despotism. — A. M. Meerloo, M.D.

See Also

Hezbollah Increasing Drug Trafficking and Terrorism Operations in South America.  Breitbart.com,  21 Dec 2016

Heroin production hits record levels in Afghanistan – study –RT.com,  02 May, 2014

Drug War? American Troops Are Protecting Afghan Opium. U.S. Occupation Leads to All-Time High Heroin Production US troops protecting Afghan Heroin –Global Research, 10 June 2014

The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico’s Most Notorious Drug Cartel Informants claimed FEDS had agreement with Sinaloa to traffic into Chicago –Business Insider 2014

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