Wednesday, April 16, 2008

More On The Criminal & Corrupt Drug Industry

Question, seriously, which is worse: this -
Even by the Wild West standards of this dusty desert town, where drug dealers have long smuggled their cargo across the Rio Grande and the unsolved killings of women drew international attention, the last three months have been a blood bath, officials say.

A turf war among drug cartels has claimed more than 210 lives in the first three months of this year. Many of those killed were young gunmen from out of town. The number of homicides this year is more than twice the total number of homicides for the same period last year. Several mass graves hiding 36 bodies in all have been discovered in the backyards of two houses owned by drug dealers.

Or this?
The lead author of Wednesday’s article, Dr. Joseph S. Ross of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, said a close look at the Merck documents raised broad questions about the validity of much of the drug industry’s published research, because the ghostwriting practice appears to be widespread.

“It almost calls into question all legitimate research that’s been conducted by the pharmaceutical industry with the academic physician,” said Dr. Ross, whose article, written with colleagues, was published Wednesday in JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association. and posted Tuesday on the journal’s Web site.
I'm going with the latter. I believe a lot more people are dead because of the criminality of the drug companies. This should not be understood as a defense of the violent & murderous thugs in the drug cartels, but I believe they could be removed by simply legalizing & regulating the recreational drugs they bring into the U.S. We continue the stupid & not-working war on drugs, but continue to provide the drug companies legal cover to kill without accountability.

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