Health Topic: Opioids
Weekly Report: June 24 - June 30, 2019
Weekly Insights
Spotlight on big pharma
Past-week conversation regarding opioids predominantly focused on the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the epidemic. An increase in conversation of “big pharma” in the middle of the week was prompted by a tweet from presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke advocates for the decriminalization of marijuana and a shift in the focus of the criminal justice system to the overprescription of opioids. Another popular tweet referenced a doctor who allegedly received bribes from a drug company to prescribe large amounts of fentanyl. Public commentary to these posts expressed generally negative views of pharmaceutical companies, and in particular their deceptive opioid marketing practices.
Highlighting fentanyl
Several trending posts in the past week focused on the role that fentanyl is currently playing in fueling the opioid epidemic. One story referenced Cincinnati Ohio, which saw 23 fentanyl-linked overdoses in 24 hours. Another story covered the largest drug bust on record for a town in Cherokee County, Georgia, that included illegal opioids. Another fentanyl reference appeared in an intentionally politically divisive post, which included a video of a woman in San Francisco appearing to be on drugs, along with a caption reading “Don’t worry, they are just wasted on Fentanyl. #DemocratsAreDangerous.” Responses to this post were generally positive and conservative-leaning. Many commentators used the opportunity to criticize Democrat lawmakers in California, in particular Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris, for not being able to “take care of their state.” Conversation around opioids is often politicized, with this being a recent example.

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