FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Pump Up The Valium

It should come as no surprise that Las Vegas mass shooter, Stephen Paddock, will not be called a terrorist in the media despite fitting the definition of a terrorist per Nevada Law.  It comes as no surprise the media resists to use this word for Paddock because he’s white.  But it should also come as no surprise that Paddock was prescribed an anti-anxiety, psychoactive drug that leads to aggressive behavior and murderous thoughts, Valium (also known as Diazepam).

Here’s a list of some of the other mass shooters that have been prescribed mind altering prescription drugs prior to committing their terrorist act:  James Holmes (Aurora), Dylan Roof (Charleston), Cho Seung-Hui (Virginia Tech), Steven Kazmierczak (Northern Illinois), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara), Esteban Ruiz Santiago (Fort Lauderdale Airport) and Eric Holmes (Columbine).

Many people are aware that on average 20 veterans a day commit suicide and can link a lot of these suicides to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but are they aware a common drug used to treat PTSD is, you guessed it, Valium?

As Americans this is what we are taught to do, search for quick fix.  To suppress our feelings and move on.  Our suppression is leading to more depression.  We don’t use our fears, adversities, anxieties, or problems we have as a country and as an individual as a way to grow and improve.

The word overcome is defined as to succeed in dealing with a problem or difficulty.  To overcome something requires diligence and patience in trying to get to the depth of the problem in order to figure out how to succeed in moving forward.

If the solutions for solving our mass shooting crisis were located in a swimming pool, the equivalent of just attacking this crisis from a gun control perspective would be the same as dipping your toes in the pool to get a feel for the water temperature in hopes you would feel slightly refreshed.

We must dive headfirst into the pool to see the depth and scale of the crisis.  While gun control is an important step forward, it’s just scratching the surface.

The United States holds over 45 percent of the global pharmaceutical market.  In 2016, this share was valued at around 446 billion dollars.  Six out of the top ten companies were from the United States when based on pure pharmaceutical revenue.

From 2009 to 2014, the Pharmaceutical Industry has taken the song by M|A|R|R|S called Pump Up The Volune as a metaphor to literally pump up the Valium.

In 2009, Valium was the 116th most commonly prescribed drug in the United States, by 2014 it was the 86th.  In 2014, 9,134,522 prescriptions were written for Valium in the United States.  It’s prescription cost went from almost $30.00 out of pocket in 2008 to under $7.50 out of pocket in 2014.

Per CVS’ patient statistiscs, 35.29% of their Valium users are between ages 40-60, and 32.56% of their Valium users are over the age of 60 (Paddock was 64 years old at the time of his death).  So this means that 67.85% of their Valium customers are middle age and older.

Once we reach the bottom of the pool we notice this is where the White Supremacy problem of the mass shooter crisis is located.  The White Supremacy we aren’t talking about is the media refusing to call Paddock a terrorist or the media normalizing him by constantly telling you what his hobbies are.  We are talking about the instrument used in these mass shootings…the gun.

The first successful rapid fire gun was invented by the white man, Richard Gatling, in 1861.  It was invented during the Civil War to subdue and dominate the enemy like our European Ancestors have done from the second they colonized this country.  And what instrument was used to control, kill, and enslave Native Americans and African Americans?  The gun.

The gun is what butters the bread of White Supremacy.  It is an instrument that has been glorified by white men since this country’s inception.  It’s an instrument used to commit genocide and terror on nonwhites.  Just ask people from Vietnam, the Middle East, and Native Americans.

The gun is glorified in phrases like “taking matters into your own hands” and “going out in a blaze of glory”.  This is engrained into White Supremacist culture and now the chickens are coming home to roost as whites are making these phrases come to life against other whites.

I wonder how Native Americans feel when they hear the mainstream media spin its White Heterosexual Male narrative all day, everyday when they hear that Las Vegas was the worst mass shooting in American history?  They most quiver in disgust when they know that in 1491 75 million Native Americans lived in the United States only to have up to 90% of their population wiped out.

The sad thing is I do not think we will get to the root of our problems in this country and are in for a frightening future.  As our suppression continues so will our depression which will pump up the volume of mass shootings while we pump up the Valium prescriptions.

More articles by:

Weekend Edition
December 14, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Andrew Levine
A Tale of Two Cities
Peter Linebaugh
The Significance of The Common Wind
Bruce E. Levine
The Ketamine Chorus: NYT Trumpets New Anti-Suicide Drug
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Fathers and Sons, Bushes and Bin Ladens
Kathy Deacon
Coffee, Social Stratification and the Retail Sector in a Small Maritime Village
Nick Pemberton
Praise For America’s Second Leading Intellectual
Robert Hunziker
The Yellow Vest Insurgency – What’s Next?
Patrick Cockburn
The Yemeni Dead: Six Times Higher Than Previously Reported
Nick Alexandrov
George H. W. Bush: Another Eulogy
Brian Cloughley
Principles and Morality Versus Cash and Profit? No Contest
Michael F. Duggan
Climate Change and the Limits of Reason
Victor Grossman
Sighs of Relief in Germany
Ron Jacobs
A Propagandist of Privatization
Robert Fantina
What Does Beto Have Against the Palestinians?
Richard Falk – Daniel Falcone
Sartre, Said, Chomsky and the Meaning of the Public Intellectual
Andrew Glikson
Crimes Against the Earth
Robert Fisk
The Parasitic Relationship Between Power and the American Media
Stephen Cooper
When Will Journalism Grapple With the Ethics of Interviewing Mentally Ill Arrestees?
Jill Richardson
A War on Science, Morals and Law
Ron Jacobs
A Propagandist of Privatization
Evaggelos Vallianatos
It’s Not Easy Being Greek
Nomi Prins 
The Inequality Gap on a Planet Growing More Extreme
John W. Whitehead
Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them
David Swanson
The Abolition of War Requires New Thoughts, Words, and Actions
J.P. Linstroth
Primates Are Us
Bill Willers
The War Against Cash
Jonah Raskin
Doris Lessing: What’s There to Celebrate?
Ralph Nader
Are the New Congressional Progressives Real? Use These Yardsticks to Find Out
Binoy Kampmark
William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate
Medea Benjamin – Alice Slater
Green New Deal Advocates Should Address Militarism
John Feffer
Review: Season 2 of Trump Presidency
Rich Whitney
General Motors’ Factories Should Not Be Closed. They Should Be Turned Over to the Workers
Christopher Brauchli
Deported for Christmas
Kerri Kennedy
This Holiday Season, I’m Standing With Migrants
Mel Gurtov
Weaponizing Humanitarian Aid
Thomas Knapp
Lame Duck Shutdown Theater Time: Pride Goeth Before a Wall?
George Wuerthner
The Thrill Bike Threat to the Elkhorn Mountains
Nyla Ali Khan
A Woman’s Selfhood and Her Ability to Act in the Public Domain: Resilience of Nadia Murad
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume
On the Killing of an Ash Tree
Graham Peebles
Britain’s Homeless Crisis
Louis Proyect
America: a Breeding Ground for Maladjustment
Steve Carlson
A Hell of a Time
Dan Corjescu
America and The Last Ship
Jeffrey St. Clair
Booked Up: the 25 Best Books of 2018
David Yearsley
Bikini by Rita, Voice by Anita
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail