Radio talk show host Art Bell died a few months ago. Predictably there were the “thoughts and prayers” and R.I.P. posts on social media. There were a few articles about his career. The industry trades made mention of his contributions to radio. Then things got right back to normal as we traveled smoothly through another 24-hour news cycle.
About a week ago it was revealed what killed the 72-year old Bell: a cocktail of prescription drugs. Officially, the Nye County, Nevada Sheriff’s office said it “was the result of multiple drug intoxication from his own lawfully prescribed prescriptions.”
Bell had four prescribed medications in his body when he died: the opioid oxycodone, the pain killing narcotic hydrocodone, diazepam, which you know as Valium, and a muscle relaxant called carisoprodol.
Prescription drugs take out another well-known person, and fame doesn’t appear to be a good defense against accidentally killing yourself. Prince, Tom Petty, we can go all the way back to Elvis who died in 1977, all became room temperature due to abusing prescribed drugs. The doctors who wrote their script, the companies making and selling this addictive, legal poison and their own weaknesses enabled each to die.
I live in what can be described as an idyllic Midwestern town. Good schools. Good kids. Good neighbors who watch out for each other. Nothing bad ever happens here, except for the people regularly overdosing on heroin. I questioned one of our politicians and he told me “It’s bad, really bad.” People get hooked on prescription painkillers and when they can’t afford that anymore they move on to cheaper heroin they buy off the streets.
From 2009-2016, there were 4.45 billion prescriptions written in the U.S. Some research shows that between 55% (Consumer Reports) and 70% (Mayo Clinic/Olmsted Medical Center) of you are on prescription drugs. The most popular being (in this order): antibiotics, antidepressants and opioids like oxycodone.
For every Art Bell or Prince that OD’s, there are thousands of unknown people being buried. In the 12-month period ending December 2017, 70,467 people died of overdoses in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At the end of 2015, that number was 52,623. Other data shows that about 1.3 million people made a visit to a hospital emergency room in 2014 due to adverse drug effects with almost 10% of those people dying.
The pharmaceutical companies that lobby congressman in Washington are spending millions of dollars each year. And remember, in political terms, the word “lobby” is just another way of saying “to pay them off for their inaction and silence.”
These companies are spending billions advertising pills that may help with rashes, dry mouths, low-T and other maladies. The sick irony is these Big Pharma companies usually buy commercials in the same news programs that should be covering a story like this – the poisoning and medicating of an entire country for obscene profit. They won’t though. The lure of those drug advertising dollars are too great and there are bills to be paid.
We have become numb and frankly cynical when it comes to celebrity deaths. Whitney Houston? Had to be drugs. Tom Petty? Drugs. Prince? Nah. Couldn’t be…yep drugs. Art Bell? Him too.
Tonight as you turn on a cable news program to once again hear pundits yell about the commie Russians meddling in our democracy, Paul Manafort’s spending habits on clothes and the Mueller investigation, know that it’s all misdirection from a very real issue affecting our communities. It’s about a government colluding with media and drug manufacturers to sell poison to keep people feeling good, until they take one too many and end up dead like Art Bell.
For a talk host that made a living on conspiratorial topics, I guess his was the proper way to finally check out.
Great Insights Darryl!
Investigate Eugenics. Look up Bill Gates. And, Georgia GuideStones. The world’s so called “elite” want 4/5ths of the Earth’s population to disappear (quickly) for the sake of the Planet’s health.
Get rid of “lower class” with “illegal” drug abuse.
Get rid of “middle class” with “legal” prescription drugs, use and abuse (including wallet draining, life shortening Rx treatment for cancer, that rarely works. Now” 1 in 3 women, 1 in 2 men … die (early) due to cancer. Hummmm…
(When I find my source for this, I’ll send it….likely a YouTube show)
Why are “elite” doing this? Because thinning the herd historically … by war casualty…hundreds of thousands/millions dead… isn’t socially acceptable anymore. People don’t want war.
Don’t forget PURPOSE of easy abortion! Study a praised monster… Ms. Margaret Sanger!
Coming up? MORE cancer. 5g upgrades to “speed up” cell phones & computers (and premature death). X-rays at airports. Oh my!
BTW: VP Biden didn’t find the cure to cancer when tasked to do so by Obama, after his son Bo died. VP just accepted money to “fund” the research?!?! Hello? Anybody? What happened?
We are living in historic time. My hope is that Nice People search for truth…beyond the headlines.
Your insights are always GREAT (which is why you were forced out of the radio. Right?)
Hang in there friend.
Okay… so where is the line? These drugs have been beneficial to millions of people – including me – when used properly and with appropriate supervision.
I find it doubtful that a singular doctor prescribed all of these meds concurrently, meaning that Mr. Bell may have been doing a bit of Doc Shopping to get what he himself had decided was best for his needs.
So is he at fault? Or did one Doctor not catch that he was on other incompatible drugs prescribed by yet another Doctor?
Unlike the gun argument, there is a truth here that are many – probably a great many more – people that are helped by these drugs than those who are hurt.
Is the problem advertising or is it people who are unwilling or unable to use drugs in the prescribed fashion? Is it a failure to report on a problem, or could it be people who are less than forthcoming with their medical professionals about what they are doing and experiencing and taking?
I do agree that it was odd that there were almost no conspiracy theories about Mr. Bell’s death. wait a sec… maybe *that* is the conspiracy!
A recent essay in Power Line addressed a Maryland study on the opioid crisis. (https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/07/misdiagnosing-the-opioid-crisis.php)
This study found that prescription related opioid deaths actually decreased slightly during the study period. Most of these deaths were caused by illegal drugs sold by criminal aliens, some of whom are protected by sanctuary city policies. And most of those promoting sanctuary cities are the most vocal in condemning Big Pharma.
Maybe the earlier comment has some merit.
Doubt it was accidental.