The Castellan wrote:
I also see a hidden message about this story, showing one group of people exploiting another by giving them a 'cure', but the cure is worse than the so-called disease and addictive....at the risk of a few angry/smart alec comments, I see some well deserved pot shots thrown at big pharmaceutical.
Not angry or a smart alec, but in this case, Castellan, I disagree, one hundred percent.
This is a story about the drug pushers exploiting the users, manipulating them into self-destructive behavior by withholding extremely important information about the illness and the nature of the drug. Big Pharmaceutical sells drugs that have been clinically tested, approved by the FDA, and prescribed by qualified doctors whose only interest is the health of the patient. Itís not remotely similar.
The closest real-world analog would probably be alternative medicine quack remedies.
Once upon a time, tobacco was advertised as healthy, despite the tobacco companies knowing of the actual adverse effects and suppressing their own internal studies while continuing to mislead the public. That would also be a good analogy but a rather dated one.