This Police Department Just Challenged Big Pharma and Won

Source: Activist Post
Date: 22 September 2015
Author: Heather Callaghan

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Yesterday, I reported at Natural Blaze that a Gloucester, Massachusetts police department fed up with Big Pharma posted the top 5 CEO salaries and emails online. Their Facebook status erupted with cheers in the comments and many shares. The department bemoaned the city’s drug problem and took aim at Big Pharma’s role in creating addiction through prescription opioid painkillers.

The Big Pharma salaries were as follows:

5. Eli Lilly – John Lechleiter $14.48 million jlechleiter@lilly.com 317-276-2000

4. Abbott Labs – Miles D. White $17.7 million miles.d.white@abbott.com 847-937-6100

3. Merck – Kenneth C. Frazier $25 million + cool private jet. ken.frazier@merck.com 908-423-1000

2. Johnson & Johnson – Alex Gorsky $20.38 million ceo@jnj.com 732-524-0400

1. Pfizer – Ian Read $23.3 million ian.read@pfizer.com 212-573-2323

The department urged people to politely press the CEOs about their companies’ roles in the statistic that 80% of drug addiction starts with “gateway” legal painkillers. Indeed, the FDA just approved opiate use for children even though states where medical marijuana is legal have seen a 25% drop in painkiller deaths. And, a major review last year found that pharmaceutical painkillers cause more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined.

The department’s urging worked.

Someone from Pfizer called to meet with them and people following the page are awaiting the results.

Drawing more cheers, the Chief wrote:

This is not because of us, this is because of YOU.
Addiction is a disease.
No way we are arresting someone who comes in for help.
No way are we judging anyone.

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