Note: For the best experience with the electronic form, use Chrome as your browser.Supervisors: Submit Performance Evaluations to HR by March 31.This isn’t the first study to indicate that insects are in trouble.The Zoological Society of London warned five years ago that many insect populations worldwide were declining, and a 2014 study published in Science magazine documented a steep drop in insect and other invertebrate life worldwide, warning that such “declines will cascade onto ecosystem functioning and human well-being.” The disappearance of creepy, crawly, buzzing insects doesn’t elicit the kind of emotional response that, say, global warming’s threat to polar bears does. ” But we cannot survive in a world without insects, as they are critical for pollinating our food and are themselves a food source for many fish, birds and reptiles.Insects are also nature’s scavengers and soil aerators.
According to Forbes, the Sacklers are now one of America’s richest families, with a collective net worth of thirteen billion dollars—more than the Rockefellers or the Mellons.
Purdue launched Oxy Contin with a marketing campaign that attempted to counter this attitude and change the prescribing habits of doctors.
The company funded research and paid doctors to make the case that concerns about opioid addiction were overblown, and that Oxy Contin could safely treat an ever-wider range of maladies.
In the past, doctors had been reluctant to prescribe strong opioids—as synthetic drugs derived from opium are known—except for acute cancer pain and end-of-life palliative care, because of a long-standing, and well-founded, fear about the addictive properties of these drugs.
“Few drugs are as dangerous as the opioids,” David Kessler, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, told me.