NORMAN J CLEMENT RPH., DDS, NORMAN L.CLEMENT PHARM-TECH, MALACHI F. MACKANDAL PHARMD, IN THE SPIRIT OF WALTER R. CLEMENT BS., MS., MBA., BELINDA BROWN-PARKER, IN THE SPIRIT OF JOSEPH SOLVO ESQ., INC.T. SPIRIT OF REV. C.T. VIVIAN, JELANI ZIMBABWE CLEMENT, BS., MBA., IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HON. PATRICE LUMUMBA, IN THE SPIRIT OF ERLIN CLEMENT SR., WALTER F. WRENN III., MD., JULIE KILLINGWORTH, LESLY POMPY MD., CLINTON BATTLE, JR., CHRISTOPHER RUSSO, MD., NANCY SEEFELDT, WILLIE GUINYARD BS., JOSEPH WEBSTER MD., MBA, BEVERLY C. PRINCE MD., FACS., NEIL ARNAND, MD., RICHARD KAUL, MD., LEROY BAYLOR, JAY K. JOSHI MD., MBA, ADRIENNE EDMUNDSON, ESTER HYATT PH.D., WALTER L. SMITH BS., IN THE SPIRIT OF BRAHM FISHER ESQ., MICHELE ALEXANDER MD., CUDJOE WILDING BS, MARTIN NJOKU, BS., RPH., IN THE SPIRIT OF DEBRA LYNN SHEPHERD, BERES E. MUSCHETT, STRATEGIC ADVISORS
ESSENTIAL KEYS TO PROGRESS
Health disparities continue to have a tremendous impact on Kemetic families living in the United States throughout the years. A flyer distributed by the US Department of Health and Human Services defines health disparities as the “differences in health outcomes closely linked with social, economic, and environmental disadvantages that are often driven by the social conditions in which individuals live, learn, work, and play.” It is important for us to know what we are up against in order for us to plan activities so that we can Save-Our-Selves.
There was a time when we were in the care of Kemetic doctors, and we got our prescriptions filled by Kemetic pharmacists. We had so much trust in them that we would set our appointments months ahead to be seen by them or her for medical care. There were many other trustworthy doctors of various ethnicities serving patients in our inner cities who really cared and treated us with integrity. Our health would stabilize or improve under their care. Our doctors had practiced with all kinds of expensive medical equipment. All of a sudden, our trusted care people were gone! One would look around a healthcare facility and not see a single Kemetic (Black) doctor.
WHERE ARE OUR COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS???
It has recently come to my attention that nationwide, more than 1,450 medical personnel of all ethnicities – doctors, dentists, or pharmacists – have been prosecuted and/or indicted for “misappropriating” pain medications. They were/are charged from the Controlled Substance Act, became targets of the “War on Drugs,” and were forced to be victims of civil forfeiture laws.
“Civil forfeiture allows the government (typically the police) to seize — and then keep or sell — any property that is allegedly involved in a crime or illegal activity. Owners need not ever be arrested or convicted of a crime for their cash, cars, or even real estate to be taken away permanently by the government.” https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/civil_forfeiture
These developments were brought to my attention in a community discussion of experts in the field of medicine. This is all tied to covert and overt aggressions in denying Kemetic opportunities to maintain our selves, families, and communities to reinforce our abilities to thrive. The best and the brightest, well-respected, exceptional medical providers as leaders in the community have had their reputations and property destroyed. This is all connected to regulatory racism.
Medical doctors are licensed by the State where they practice. Similar incidents are occurring nationwide. Most of those who were indicted were seeing minority patients, and the targeting appears to be based on zip codes. The Drug Enforcement Administration conducts its own Court.
VOTING IS A MUST
I mention these incidents because patients in care who may be victims of seriously needing pain medications and were suddenly blocked or required to receive a reduced amount. Patients may be able to let others know about similar experiences with each other. These incidents do not happen in a vacuum – isolated all by themselves. It’s important for us to become aware of social patterns that repeat themselves with a different face that results in destabilizing Kemetic communities and our ability to Save-Our-Selves. Voting is a must.
WAR ON DRUGS LAWS ARE PERPETRATED
Several agencies act in collusion with one another and operate in a web of mutual channels to snare and strategize, sealing arrests and ensuring eventual prosecution and indictments against professional Medical Doctors, Dentists, and Pharmacists. Similar to the false and overworked narrative on crime, the War on Drugs laws are perpetrated – not against street-level pushers but individuals who have a high standing in the communities, offices with assets, expensive medical equipment, assets of cars, offices, and property.
“Under the authority of the Controlled Substance Act, the Drug Enforcement Agency and its Diversion Control Program have a Tactical Diversion Squad. Their Investigators have the authority to conduct investigations of doctor’s offices.
This criminal enforcement wing combines resources and “expertise” to identify, target, investigate, disrupt and dismantle individuals or organizations involved in diversion schemes. They participate in purchasing evidence, payment for information, surveillance, undercover operations, and executing search warrants when working cases against “overprescribing doctors.” [ CITATION Mil18 \l 1033 ]
The discussants in the community forum shared that there are 400 Kemetic doctors indicted and jailed for medical fraud. Most of the charges were related to the prescriptions of legal Narcotic Analgesics (opioids) as pain medication. Patients are known to take prescription drugs and resort to using street drugs if their prescription drugs were reduced or not available.
“CDC found the highest rates of fentanyl overdose was in the northeast, with much of New England -including Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island – reporting a full 60 to 90 percent of opioid overdose deaths involving fentanyl. Among these opioid deaths, non-Hispanic white men aged 25 to 40 had the greatest representation. Cutting purer, weaker drugs with synthetic opioids has resulted in a sharp rise in fatal overdoses as dealers with little grasp on appropriate dosing sell mislabeled to unsuspecting users. “
FOR NOW, YOU ARE WITHIN
The first of the Cavalry is stop beating the Dead horse. The War on Drugs has been as successful as the presidency of the man who declared it. With the top rate of incarceration per capita in the world, gun violence on the rise, and mind boggling corruption in the FDA, DEA, DOJ, our leaders need to come together, comprimise and focus on serving society and treating this as a health issue.
Five years ago I was prescribed Suboxone and for which I paid my doctor $500. Cash Monthly. Kentucky laws were/are so bass akwards that it enabled the opioid pill Mill doctors to get a new gig. 5 years later I happened to be going into a Food Mart next to his office and a woman came out. I asked her what he charged now and she said $300 a month.. No active user will be able to save $300 to get help. No they’ll go ahead and go buy a $20 bag of heroin and die..
When I was paying the $500 a month there was an article in The Courier-Journal stating concern over Suboxone diversion. I laughed! how in the hell could anyone afford $500 a month? I had to split it with someone. does that make me a criminal? an objector? a survivor? The laws have got to change Suboxone must be readily accessible. Yes naloxone availability is imperative. Naloxone gives a fish. Suboxone can help one learn to fish.
Stop locking up people we are mad at.
Save it for those who scare us. Nonviolent crimes treated with inpatient program offering MAT, requiring community service for offenses along with job training opportunities. A series of houses for different phases of the program built on hope, dignity, accountability, healing and service. NO POLICE RECORD upon completion.
I have been to the “best” rehab and what I hope to God is the worst. Addiction is a result of trauma. Denigrating Labeling Disenfranchising perpetuates the cycle generationally