Capitalism In Oxycontin

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Opiate and heroin abuse has ravaged much of Appalachia, especially suburban areas. This malignancy spreads like cancer, multiplying and infecting all it encounters. Communities are disrupted and innocent lives are consumed while the obscure market for heroin continues its expansion across the United States. This affliction in our country has an origin. As a journalist and novelist, Sam Quinones, diligently reveals the inception of heroin in his book titled, “Dreamland”.
Quinolones describes America’s opiate epidemic as capitalism. The capitalistic market on illicit opiates have no regulation and thus behaves nefariously and disseminates rampantly throughout underground networks in cities across America. This type of capitalism still follows
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The success of advertisement heralded OxyContin as a miracle painkiller and convinced doctors across the country to indiscriminately prescribe this medication for any ailments related to pain. The addictive nature of OxyContin quickly consumed the minds of its patients and created the demand for more. When it was discovered that OxyContin had such an addictive nature, many doctors agreed to limit its use. However, rogue clinics throughout the country emerged based on a capitalistic desire to profit. These clinics and doctor’s offices were described as pill mills by Quinones. These pill mills still exist today and continues the legacy of supply that fuels the opiate epidemic. The story continues with the transition from legal opiate abuse to illicit opiate abuse. The prescription medication of OxyContin will quickly become an expensive habit and will soon be unaffordable to most patients. Heroin becomes the alternative as it is much cheaper but also more potent than OxyContin. Patients will realize these advantages and will continue to feed their opiate addiction by pursing heroin. The law of supply once again dominates the capitalistic market in the form of …show more content…
The pharmacist’s role in the step towards dismantling the capitalistic market of opiates is to help their patients understand the dangers of painkillers being prescribed to them. The addictive and destructive natural of painkillers should be well understood by the patient after extensive counseling. The pharmacist also has the right to not dispense the opiate medication if their profession judgement has determined that it will ultimately be disastrous to the patient and the community. This will further limit the supply of opiates and cause damage to the capitalistic

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