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Shocking Report . . . 107 opioid pills sold per person in the Cherokee Nation annually

Shocking Report . . . 107 opioid pills sold per person in the Cherokee Nation annually


While many drug companies in the United States are making record profits because of the skyrocketing cost of prescription medicines,  synthetic narcotics are having a devastating impact on many American communities.  The Native American tribes in Oklahoma are some of the worst areas, hit by this epidemic. 

The Cherokee Nation is trying to do something about this nightmare.  It’s legal department is suing the manufacturers of opioid pills for damages . . . holding the corporations financially responsible for treatment of opioid addicts.  To learn more about this legal case and the drug addiction problem among Native Americans, go to:

Narcotics in the Cherokee Nation

The problem is not just in Oklahoma.  A federal law enforcement official has described the region containing eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and the northern tip of Georgia, where the Eastern Band of Cherokees live, as “the meth capital of the world.”   During the relatively brief time that I lived near the Track Rock Terrace Complex in Union County, GA . . . both of my landlords were busted for either growing marijuana on a commercial scale or distributing opioids. Both landlords also tried to make it appear that I was involved. 

One spliced my power line to run the grow-lights in their basement marijuana farm.  I was struggling to pay $200-$300 power bills in a chicken house office that didn’t even have a furnace or electric water heater. The local power coop refused to investigate the extreme power consumption, because someone in their management was getting a bribe off the marijuana sales . . . and everyone in the county considered me a tramp . . . a nobody.  The owners also tried to persuade me to grow marijuana in my vegetable garden.

The second landlord, was a distributor for opioids being provided by some local doctors and (would you believe) the Union County Hospital.  Eventually,  the top administrators of the hospital were busted . . . but not before many people had died of overdoses and many more saw their lives ruined.  The landlady would feign being “sick with the flu” then send me to the doctor to pick up for “prescriptions,” which were actually bottles of codeine for resale to drug addicts. 

Cherokee Nation officials may be on to something.  The only way to stop the poisoning of millions of Americans is to make the corporate bigwigs pay for the damage they have done.  That approach still should be used against the Wall Street banksters, who caused the Great Recession.  People may not realize it, but the Great Wheel is turning. 

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    I know that many of the coal mining communities in Kentucky are suffering from the opioid disaster too. This might be a good way for them to go also. The problem is that Big Pharma has more money and influence than poor NAIA and coal miners. The State government needs to get involved.


    I have a huge issue with Big Pharma’s advertisements on television. Highly unethical it seems to me, but apparently it is perfectly legal for them to promote their dangerous drugs with slick commercials, so long as they include some kind of warning. They are effectively flip-flopping the doctor-patient relationship by planting ideas into the minds of ill-informed viewers, who in turn make demands on their physicians to prescribe medicines they otherwise might not consider appropriate. One ad I’ve seen frequently is for some drug to treat the constipation that results from opioid use. Kudos to the Cherokee Nation, but in reality it should be the duty of every citizen to demand a higher standard. We surely do have our priorities mixed up!


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